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How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
No impact: Spina bifida occulta is manifested by a single defect: failure of the two laminae of a vertebra to achieve bony union with each other. Often times the spinous process is associated with one lamina. Rarely is the spinous process completely absent. The vertebra has normal strength, normal associated joints, ligaments, qnd disks plus no nerve root herniation or compression. Occult = symptom-free.

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How can spina bifida impact someone's life?

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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Many ways: Spina bifida is a disorder in which the spine fails to form right, it ranges in severity from a simple failure for the bones to close together to the spinal cord not developing correctly. How it impacts someone's life varies by the type and also the level if there is neurological damage. If the cord is involved many of the cognitive issues may be related to increased fluid levels in the head.

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