Top
10
Doctor insights on: Causes Of Meningocele

Share
1

1
What causes meningocele in a family member?

What causes meningocele in a family member?

Birth Defect: This is a problem with how the nervous system develops. It leaves a herniated portion of the spinal cord precursor. It is something you are born with but it can often be helped with surgery. ...Read more

Dr. David Piepgras
97 doctors shared insights

Meningocele (Definition)

Meningocele is a hernial protrusion of the meninges (brain or spinal linings) through a defect in the cranium (head bones), (cranial m.), or ...Read more


2

2
What causes a fetus meningocele?

What causes a fetus  meningocele?

Unknown: Failure of the fetal neural tube to close results in a neural tube defect (ntd) such as meningocele. The definite cause is not known, but inadequate maternal Folic Acid levels are associated with increased risk for ntd's. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
What causes meningocele in a fetus?

What causes meningocele in a fetus?

Spina bifida: Failure of the neural tube to close during early fetal development can result in some degree of spina bifida, such as meningocele. ...Read more

4

4
Please tell me what causes meningocele in a fetus?

Please tell me what causes meningocele in a fetus?

Not just one cause: A meningocele is related to spina bifida-a neural tube defect that occurs during the first trimester formation of the brain and spinal cord. Sometimes this may be due to a deficiency of Folic Acid or genetically determined (including spontaneous mutations). This incidence of recurrent spina bifida goes down with supplemental Folic Acid as supervised by an obstetrician. ...Read more

5

5
What causes meningocele / spina bifida?

What causes meningocele / spina bifida?

Genetics usually: Altho there is high correlation with genetics causing meningocele / spina bifida, drugs (especially chemotherapeutics) and low blood folate (folic acid) during gestation or abdominal / pelvic irradiation during pregnancy are known causes. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
What causes a fetus to develop meningocele?

What causes a fetus to develop meningocele?

Meningocele: A meningocele is a congenital defect in the development of the spine in which the structures covering the spine do not develop. This can occur from genetics, from teratogens in the environment, certain medications, lack of folic acid in the diet among other causes. ...Read more

7

7
Please tell me what causes a fetus to develop meningocele?

Please tell me what causes a fetus to develop meningocele?

Multifactorial: Meningoceles fall under a broad category of congenital anomalies called "neural tube defects" "spina bifida" or "split spine" in which the bony spine doesn't fully form over the cord. Can be associated with family history, obesity, diabetes, folate (folic acid) deficiency, high temperature exposure in early pregnancy, use of some anti-seizure medications, a previous history of the same. ...Read more

8

8
Can multiple sacral meningocele be a cause of back pain?

Can multiple sacral meningocele be a cause of back pain?

Usually not: Sacral meningoceles are present from birth, and if they were the cause of pain they would have caused you trouble throughout your life. I doubt this is the case, however. I imagine your back pain is a more recent happening. Meningoceles are simply enlargements of the sheaths covering the nerves, and almost never cause pain. It would be important to be evaluated by a neurosurgeon at some point. ...Read more

9

9
I have low back pain & down the back of my lt leg to my knee. An MRI showed occult sacral meningocele. Could this be the cause?

These typically are: Incidental or accidental findings on some patients' mri's as they occur usually without any symptoms except in older patients with bone density loss and when large can cause bone erosion sometimes leading to a sacral fracture but otherwise of no consequence and most likely unrelated to your symptoms. See a spine specialist for a specific evaluation. ...Read more

10

10
What are the tests for meningocele?

What are the tests for meningocele?

Afp: An elevated Alpha feto-protein (AFP) is usually the first indiction that there may be a neural tube defect (ntd). Some are then diagnosed on ultrasound exam. A small defect may require amniocentesis to detect elevated acetycholinesterase for confirmation of an ntd. ...Read more