The liability to spina bifida is greatest in the human infant, through the stress thrown on the spine.
Sleep is likewise said to be induced by mechanic pressure on the brain in the cases of spina bifida.
It rarely appears in children, unless it is associated with spina bifida.
spina bifida spina bif·i·da (bĭf'ĭ-də)
A congenital defect in which the spinal column is imperfectly closed so that part of the meninges or spinal cord may protrude, often resulting in neurological disorders. Also called hydrocele spinalis.
A congenital defect caused by incomplete formation of the neural tube, in which the vertebral column is not fully closed, resulting in protrusion of the meninges and sometimes the spinal cord. Damage to the exposed spinal cord can cause neurological abnormalites, including paralysis.
A congenital condition that involves an imperfectly closed spinal column, often resulting in neurological disorders.