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Congenital Abnormalities Spina Bifida
Helo dr. I had abortion twice due to birth defects. Spina bifida and rubella. How i could have saved my baby.Is something wrong with me n hubby.
Splna bifida: There are treatments such as Folic Acid being given before the pregnancy is started that can help reduce considerably the risk of spina bifida. The Folic Acid has to be started before conception by usually at least a month and carried out during the entire pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more
Is spina bifida occulta congenital condition?What are the remedies? I get bothering back pain at least once a year but does not affect daily activiti
Is spina bifida occulta congenital condition?
What are the remedies? I get bothering back pain at least once a year but does not affect daily activiti
Possibly: Spina Bifida occulta is often an incidental finding when someone develops back pain and has an x-ray done. This is due to incomplete fusion of the spinous process during development and is congenital. An MRI could be helpful to examine the spinal cord to see if there is and tethering. Discuss with you Doc. ...Read more
Nope.: All interventions for open neural tube defects aim at preventing further neuronal loss and cannot restore damage already done. That is why fetal interventions can prove a major breakthrough in prenatally diagnosed cases: the fetal neuronal plasticity and ability to regenerate damaged tissues is such that a much better long-term outcome can be achieved. http://women.texaschildrens.org/fetalcenter/. ...Read more
I have 35 degree congenital lumbar scoliosis along with spina bifida occulta in L5 vertebra. Is lifting weights and doing push ups a good idea?
It is fine: Typically spina bifida occulta is not highly destabilized and more of an incidental finding. The scoliosis should also not be a huge problem. My recommendation would be to work out, but don't do exercises that are bothersome to your low back. If it hurts, don't do it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, but rarely. This condition is not common and as a family physician, i see only what comes my way. Spina bifida is usually approached in a team concept, usualy dealing with a primary care doctor (pediatrician, family physician or internest) along with physical therapist, neurologists, neuro-surgeons, physiatrist (physical medicine specialists) and a host of others. There are many issues. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a very generic term that covers a lot of disorders of the spine that occur at birth. These can range from defects in the spinal bone to loss of the muscle and skin covering leading to herniation of the spinal cord and roots. There are a wide variety of causes known. ...Read more
To what degree?: If you are talking about spina bifida occulta, there will be no impact. If you are talking about cases with neurologic symptoms, it depends on whether lower nerve roots (sacral) are involved or if spinal cord is involved. People with spinal cord lesions are more susceptible to life-altering events than are those without. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Spina bifida: "occult" is a term used when the finding of spina bifida is only seen on an x-ray and it is a lack of development of a bone called the lamina in the lower lumbar spine that does not fully develop. In most cases there are usually no clinical problems associated with this x-ray finding. ...Read more
Multifactorial: Isolated spina bifida (myelomeningocele) is a neural tube defect along with anencephaly that exhibits multifactorial determination--a combination of many genes and in utero environmental factors that cross a threshold to produce the defect. A couple having a child with spina bifida or anencephaly has a ~2% risk for each future pregnancy, a risk decreased by preconception folic acid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Spina bifida occulta is a congenital skeletal and therefore musculoskeletal abnormality. It is more a predisposing factor, meaning some people will have problems due to it while others will not. One should remain active but try to find activities that do not aggravate or predispose to pain. ...Read more
Several: Pediatric orthopedists, pediatric urologist, sometimes pediatric surgeon. If patient is adult scratch the pediatric ...Read more
Genetic counseling: Most cases of spina bifida are not strictly inherited and do not necessarily mean that offspring will also have it. That being said, there are some genetic disorders associated with spina bifida and other congenital malformations. A thorough family history and genetic evaluation can give you a more precise answer to this question. ...Read more
Check NIH website: The national institutes of health has excellent information on this subject: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/spina_bifida/spina_bifida.Htm. ...Read more
Do you think I should expect such as impairments, pain, and could it eventually turn into spina bifida?
Depends: A lot depends on the presence of comorbidities. Some patients with spina bifida are wheel chair bound or have issues with bladder function. If these lower tract symptoms are present there is a higher risk of septic complications. With good care and good compliance there should be no limit. ...Read more