Year: 1999 Source: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery, v.9, suppl.1, (December 1999), p.31-32 SIEC No: 19991048

695 patients with spina bifida, age 16 & older, were studied. The cause of death of 30 patients could be ascertained from hospital records. The leading cause of death was renal failure secondary to complications of the renal tract. Three patients completed suicide. One of these patients had clinically diagnosed depressive illness. (3 refs.)