A 32-year-old member asked:
later side afects of occult spina bifida?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Edward Smith answered
54 years experience 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 process vertically. No instability is present. No neurologic dysfunction is present because neural elements are not affected. But associated neurological problems which may be symptomatic are more common in association with spina bifida occulta.
Answered on Nov 28, 2012
Dr. Eric Levey answered
28 years experience Pediatrics
Back pain: Adults who were born with a simple spina bifida occulta are at higher risk than general population for back pain and spondylolisthesis. Some patients are at risk for tethered cord syndrome, although most are not.
Answered on Apr 15, 2019
Dr. William Singer answered
51 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Most have no problem: spina bifida occulta means there is a small defect in the posterior portion of a vertebra. In the absence of abnormalities of urination or bowel function, reflecting a tethered spinal cord, you should not expect any problems. these are most often picked up as an incidental finding in the evaluation of back pain.
Answered on Jun 18, 2015
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