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Possible Causes of Spina Bifida

 Spina bifida is the most severe congenital abnormality compatible with life, and it affects 1 in 1000 pregnancies in the UK (900 per year).1

While there are many genetic and environmental influences that may contribute to the cause of SpinaBifida, they are not all completely known or identified. The Department of Health suggest that the following factors may play a role in the development of Spina Bifida:2

• Family History

• Insufficient Folic Acid during pregnancy

• Medications taken during pregnancy

• Diabetes

• Obesity

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4. March of Dimes. (2009). Birth defects: Spina Bifida. Available online at:
5. Spina Bifida Association. (2008). Spina Bifida. Available online at: