Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 15

Wrongful Life

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 26, 2006 on USA



  • Allusions

    • Lisa: Do you know that twenty percent of healthy people are born with some mild form of spina bifida? They go through their whole life and never find out.

      The condition referred to in this instance is Spina Bifida Occulta (SBO), meaning "hidden split spine". The most common form of this condition involves a slight abnormality of the spinous process and neural arch, without any abnormality of the spinal cord. This harmless condition is so common as to be considered a variant of normal, and so there is a trend toward calling it a vertebral fusion defect in order to distinguish it from those forms of SBO involving abnormalities of the spinal cord.