Doctors diagnose spina bifida before or after the infant is born. Spina bifida occulta might not be identified until late childhood or adulthood, or it might not be identified at all.
Screening tests can check for spina bifida and other birth defects.
Sometimes spina bifida is discovered only after the infant is born, especially if the mother did not have prenatal tests or if the ultrasound could not give a clear picture of the spine. Sometimes there is a hairy patch, dimple, dark spot, or swelling on the infant’s back, at the site of the gap in the spine. A doctor can examine the infant’s spine and bones in the back using an image scan such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT.
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