Meningocele (Pronounced men-in-jo-seal)

In this type of spina bifida, the split in the bones is not big enough for the spinal cord to come through, but a 'balloon' of skin filled with fluid and blood vessels bulges out. 

This fluid, which comes from around the spinal column, is called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). 

Usually the nerve supply is not affected. 

The degree of disability is usually less severe than myelomeningocele, but this can only be determined more fully as the child develops.

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