Royalty free and rights managed images of babies, children and adults with spina bifida. Spina bifida is a congenital (birth) defect of the spine. It is a developmental defect in which part of the spinal cord and its coverings are exposed through a gap in the backbone. It can vary in severity. Symptoms of spina bifida may include paralysis of the legs, incontinence and mental retardation. Pictures and photographs include diagnostic images and clinical images of patients.