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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Spinal cord disorder: The spinal cord forms as an open tube that starts to close from the middle out to the two ends. The entire closure is done by about ten weeks. If th ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
27 years experience in Family Medicine
Spina Bifida: Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spine does not close around the spinal cord during development. This may be as small as a small gap between t ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Studies show that : the incidence of neural tube defects (NTD's) like open Spina Bifida would decrease by 70% if all women took 0.4mg of Folic Acid daily from menarche t ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Although depictions : of people with Spina Bifida go back 12,000 years, Amsterdam's Dr. Nicholas Tulp named the disorder between 1618-1652. Dr. Giovanni Battista Morgagni a ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Margaret Wacker
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Skin covering: Spina bifida occulta, like open spina bifida, is a congenital malformation involving a problem with closing of the neural tube during development. Ho ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience in Neurosurgery
Genetics usually: Altho there is high correlation with genetics causing meningocele / spina bifida, drugs (especially chemotherapeutics) and low blood folate (folic aci ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Marged
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends: Spina bifida occulta is a congenital skeletal and therefore musculoskeletal abnormality. It is more a predisposing factor, meaning some people will ha ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
7 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many: Spina bifida, where the spinal cord and/or overlying structures do not completely fuse, can often be detected on prenatal ultrasound. Sometimes you ca ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience in Neurosurgery
Very unusual: Most cases of spina bifida occulta are lumbar. Neurologic involvment is generally evident in early childhood, most severely in myelomeningocele, which ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience in Neurosurgery
Very different: Anencephaly is the abscence of a closed cranial cavity (head) and implies incomplete brain development/function. Essentially, anencephaly is being bo ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Spina Bifida: Usually spina bifida occulta doesn't require intervention. Here is info on care for spina bifida: http://www.Nurse-ocha.Com/2009/02/spina-bifida.Html.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience in Radiology
Depends on genetics: The epidemiology of this is different depending on your race and culture and where you live. So it is mostly genetic and also dependent on if you hav ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jian Shen
Dr. Jian Shen answered
8 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Usually no treatment: I do not think the tail bone pain is related to to spinal bifida, which usually is asymptomatic.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience in Neurosurgery
No: Spina bifida occulta results from failure of the two lamina of one vertebra to make a solid bony fusion. The defect is generally bisecting the spinous ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends: This depends on how you define it. Meningoceles as they are commonly labeled originate anywhere from the neck down to the base of the spine and invol ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience in Neurosurgery
Like others: The ultrasound is like others performed with more specialized views of the region of interest.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience in Pediatrics
Spina bifida: Spina bifida occurs when the spinal bones fail to close properly during early formation. It occurs in about 1 in 1, 000 births and is the most common ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Spina bifida: Spina bifida refers to a deformity or defect within the lumbosacral spine and yes a posterior cleft deformity would be a form of spina bifida.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Spina bifida: Spina bifida is usually diagnosed by x-ray for MRI of the lower spine. In the new born it can also be done with an ultrasound.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Type of spina bifida: The mildest form of spina bifida is spina bifida occulta and is a small separation or gap in one or more of the vertebral bones of the spine. Most peo ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
Spina : Spina bifida is not an injury. It is a birth defect caused by failure of the nervous system to fully develop. When the embryo is forming, the nervo ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ken Yonemura
36 years experience in Neurosurgery
Spina Bifida: Spine bifida occulta is present when there is a cleft between the left and right components of the spine usually at the L5 level. Most of the time th ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience in Neurosurgery
Unlikely: When was the spinal tap done? In utero? Later in life? It is unlikely. Spina bifida is usually the result of a cellular migration disorder and not fr ... Read More
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Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
29 years experience in Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Spina bifida: Suspicions or speculations can be done by any clinician a MD or a nurse or a NP based on clinical grounds. However confirmation of that suspicion can ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Usitalo
39 years experience in Urology
Yes: Meningomyelocele and spina bifida are an interrelated problem, in that all people with the former have the latter.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience in Neurosurgery
No: Spina bifida occulta by itself is an asymptomatic condition. However co-existence of other spinal anomalies can lead to back pain.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gene Tekmyster
12 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Normal variant : Spinal bifida occurs when during embryonic development the neural tube which forms the spinal cord and surrounding bones does not completely close. Sp ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Be seen: You need to see a neurosurgeon to evaluate all of those problems.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ken Yonemura
36 years experience in Neurosurgery
Myelomeningocele: Usually the repair of a myelomeningocele is delayed several days after birth to ensure that the child is stable for surgery and to also get a better a ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience in Radiology
Spinal dysraphism: Look that up. It is a congenital abnormality of the development of the spine. You have abnormal bone and nerve tissues of the lower lumbo sacral spi ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience in Neurosurgery
Depends on type: This is not a simple answer as it depends on the type and severity. If the neural tube defect is large and protruding, it may require an open operatio ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Fetal surgery.: All interventions for open neural tube defects aim at preventing further neuronal loss and cannot restore damage already done. That is why fetal inter ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
19 years experience in Neurosurgery
Not today.: There is no known cure for spina bifida currently.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Kramer
35 years experience in Gynecology
Yes: Folate (folic acid) supplementation before conception and during the 1st trimester can reduce this birth defect as well as some of the developing hear ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Very likely: Sounds like your description may be indicative of a genetic variation in your family. Many medical schools have genetic specialists who can guide you ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Karimi
15 years experience in Neurosurgery
Complex question: This question is difficult to answer without additional information such as the type of spina bifida you baby has, the presence of any other abnormali ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
40 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Avoid pressure!: Seems like a simple answer, but offloading for at least 10 minutes every two hours is essential to avoid pressure sores in healthy individuals. Elderl ... Read More
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