Incontinence and bladder pressure injury is a complication that can affect children born with spina bifida and other neurologic conditions. Spina bifida is a neurological condition in which the spinal cord does not close over the nerve column during the prenatal period. The amount of the spinal column that remains open determines how many nerves will be affected.
Advanced imaging technologies allow many of these conditions to be detected in utero, before the child is born. This gives parents, physicians and medical specialists the opportunity to plan ahead and develop a detailed course of therapeutic action. There are a host of advanced treatments for these conditions. Cleveland Clinic personnel are familiar with all of them and have assisted in the development of many of them. They continue to refine modern technologies and techniques while at the same time conducting research to create even more effective therapies.