ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 741.90

Spina bifida

Diagnosis Code 741.90

ICD-9: 741.90
Short Description: Spina bifida
Long Description: Spina bifida without mention of hydrocephalus, unspecified region
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 741.90

Code Classification
  • Congenital anomalies (740–759)
    • Congenital anomalies (740-759)
      • 741 Spina bifida

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Acquired myelocele
  • Congenital meningocele
  • Congenital sacral meningocele
  • Congenital spinal hydromeningocele
  • Congenital spinal meningocele
  • Cutaneous lesion resulting from spina bifida
  • Fissured spine
  • Hemimyelocele
  • Holorachischisis
  • Hydromeningomyelocele
  • Hydromyelocele
  • Lateral meningocele
  • Lipomeningocele
  • Meningocele of vertex
  • Meningomyelocele
  • Meningomyelocele of lumbosacral spine
  • Myelocele
  • Myelocystocele
  • Myelomeningocele without hydrocephalus
  • Neurogenic bladder due to spina bifida
  • Occipital meningocele
  • Rachischisis
  • Spina bifida
  • Spina bifida aperta
  • Spina bifida of sacral region
  • Spina bifida without hydrocephalus
  • Spina bifida without hydrocephalus - closed
  • Spina bifida without hydrocephalus - open
  • Spinal hydromeningocele
  • Spinal meningocele

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients

Spina Bifida

Also called: Cleft spine, Open spine

Spina bifida is a neural tube defect - a type of birth defect of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. It happens if the spinal column of the fetus doesn't close completely during the first month of pregnancy. This can damage the nerves and spinal cord. Screening tests during pregnancy can check for spina bifida. Sometimes it is discovered only after the baby is born.

The symptoms of spina bifida vary from person to person. Most people with spina bifida are of normal intelligence. Some people need assistive devices such as braces, crutches, or wheelchairs. They may have learning difficulties, urinary and bowel problems, or hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain.

The exact cause of spina bifida is unknown. It seems to run in families. Taking folic acid can reduce the risk of having a baby with spina bifida. It's in most multivitamins. Women who could become pregnant should take it daily.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • Meningocele repair
  • Myelomeningocele

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