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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.

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 more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

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


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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

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What is the latest research into the links between congenital talapes and spina bifida?

Congenital talapes: Congenital talapes or club foot is not uncommonly associated with spina bifida or myelomeningocele - it is related to how severe the severe and the level of the myelomeningocele - the higher the problem within the spinal cord the higher risk for club foot. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for spina bifida that restores nerves to the congenital defect?

Is there a cure for spina bifida that restores nerves to the congenital defect?

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

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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 more

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Do you deal with spina bifida?

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 more

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Can you tell me what spina bifida means?

Split spine.: Spina bifida is a generic term used to describe congenital malformations of the spine (typically lower spine). It can be mild to very severe and be associated with a variety of conditions. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about spina bifida?

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

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How can spina bifida impact someone's life?

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 more

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How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

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

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Can you tell me any thing about occult spina bifida?

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

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What type of inheritance is involved in spina bifida?

What type of inheritance is involved in spina bifida?

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 more

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Help please? How does spina bifida affects someones childhood?

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

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Which type of professionals are involved in the care of spina bifida?

Several: Pediatric orthopedists, pediatric urologist, sometimes pediatric surgeon. If patient is adult scratch the pediatric ...Read more

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When a person has spina bifida, what is the risk their kids will have it?

When a person has spina bifida, what is the risk their kids will have it?

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

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Could I have as much info as i can get about spina bifida? Could you die from it?

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

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What would the life expectancy for a person with spina bifida be?

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

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Chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida?

Depends on genetics: The epidemiology of this is different depending on your race and culture and where you live. So it is mostly genetic and also dependent on if you have Folic Acid deficiency in your diet. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Smith
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Spina Bifida (Definition)

A birth defect involving incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but a risk factor appears to be low levels of folic acid in a woman's body before ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more