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Newborn and Infant Care

Spina bifda and cauda equina



Would like to know is spina bifda and cauda equina vertually one in the same


No. The cauda equina is the area where the spinal cord terminates. Spina bifida is a congenital condition where a child is born with part of their spinal contents outside of the body, usually in a sac or pouch. The part outside of the body may be the cauda equina or an area above this level.

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Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati