Other neural tube defects
This is a sac which is formed when the bones of the skull fail to develop. It may contain only cerebro-spinal fluid or part of the brain may also be present in the sac, resulting in brain damage.
This is where the brain does not develop properly or is absent, and the baby is either still born or dies shortly after birth. Contact SSBA for further information.
Most babies born with myelomeningocele also have hydrocephalus (from the Greek hydro, meaning water, and cephalie meaning brain). This is an accumulation of cerebro-spinal fluid which arises from an imbalance in the production and drainage of that fluid. Further information about hydrocephalus is given in SSBA Information Sheet "What is Hydrocephalus"?