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Causes of Spina Bifida Disease

Explore six key factors contributing to the development of Spina Bifida, including lack of folic acid, family history, medications, genetic conditions, health choices, and environmental factors, to understand the complexity of this congenital anomaly.

  • 20 Feb 2024
  • 2 min read

Spina Bifida is a condition affecting the spinal cord and backbone. But have you ever wondered about the complex factors that contribute to this condition? Here, we will solve the mysteries behind this congenital anomaly by exploring the various spina bifida causes.


What Are The Causes of Spina Bifida Disease?

Here are the reasons for Spina Bifida disease:

  1. Lack of Folic Acid

Not getting enough of the B-vitamin folic acid during pregnancy is a major reason for spina bifida disease. You can think of it as the key that helps prevent neural tube defects.

  1. Family History

If your family tree has a branch with neural tube defects, spina bifida might be more likely to show up in your family album.

  1. Medications

Some medications, especially those used to treat epilepsy, could be potential troublemakers linked to spina bifida. Some medications for mental health conditions can also cause this condition. Always consult with your doctor before taking such medications.

  1. Genetic Conditions

While it's rare, spina bifida might come hand-in-hand with genetic conditions like Patau's or Down's syndrome. Genetic testing can provide detective work.

  1. Health Choices

Conditions like diabetes and obesity can increase the odds of spina bifida. Keeping an eye on your health during pregnancy is like giving your baby a strong foundation.

  1. Environmental Factors

Factors like increased body temperature—whether from fever, saunas, or hot tubs—might contribute to the risk. Keep cool for a safer journey.



Understanding the etiology of spina bifida is like having a roadmap to navigate the risks of this condition. Moreover, investing in a health insurance plan may help protect you from potential risks related to health and finances. A health insurance plan may provide support and assistance along the way if and when you have to deal with potential health risks.


References: National Health Service (United Kingdom)

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your general physician or another certified medical professional for any questions regarding a medical condition. Relying on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk, and ICICI Lombard is not responsible for any effects or consequences resulting from the use of the information shared.

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