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Can Women With Spina Bifida Have Children
Yes: It is possible for spina bifida females to become pregnant if they have regular menses and are actively maturing ova. The neural tube defect does not by itself preclude the abiltiy to get pregnant provided the endocrine function and uterus/ovaries developed normally. Their fertility should be the same as any other woman. Most important is starting Folic Acid at least 4-5 months before pregnancy. ...Read more
Always an issue with: recurrent &/or chronic ?es in intra-abdominal pressure inducing the uterus to descend through the large bony pelvis opening through the pelvic diaphragm muscles which cross the opening, typically larger in women than men. Spina bifida may compromise muscle control/contraction. Study: both "Clinical Anatomy " & "Abnormalities of Pelvic Support" on glowm.com & other anatomy websites for some basics. ...Read more
Why not?: Gastroschisis involves a large defect in abdominal wall in newborn, however, it seldom is associated with major abnormality in other organ. ...Read more
5-10 x greater: Spina bifida occulta is a common condition occurring in 10-20% of normal healthy people with the most frequently seen form is harmless. The "less common" forms of spina bifida occulta affect the spinal cord & have potential health consequences. Risk of recurrence (mother-parent) is 5-10 times greater than the gen. Population. Seek genetic counseling/medical follow up. Consume Folic Acid daily .4mg. ...Read more
Question for adults with spina bifida. Can they have loss of motor function or inability for orgasm if low?
Yes: Spina bifida oculta usually has no neurological deficit, norma, . 10% of population. Open & close spinal bifida usually will have motor and sensory deficit like para/quadriplegia, decrease sensation/orgasm, respiratory problem (due to chiari malformation . Intelligence usually not affected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can there be some other parent out there who has a child with pituitary dwarfism & spina bifida combined?
Rare: I have been practicing pediatric radiology for forty years and have seen one case of achondrodysplasia dwarfism associated with spina bifida. Patients with spina bifida have high incidence of associated anomalies developing from multiiple germ layers. Pituiary gland develops from neuroectoderm. List of many associated but rare syndromes. http://ispub.com/ijpn/4/1/8777#es. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Epileptics can get pregnant, and have normal kids most of the time but 1-epilepsy drugs affect hormones slightly 2-hormones affect epilepsy drugs slightly 3-epilepsy cause slightly higher birth defects slightly 4-epilepsy drugs can cause birth defects slightly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Misinformation: The chromosomes are the library where the body/tissue gets information on how to develop, form organs or structures. When there is extra or missing chromosomal material, part of the information, or assembly instructions are gone or confusing. The body parts on a patient with a chromosome defect will have defects in organs/structure or appearance based on this misinformation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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