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Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Unlikely: When was the spinal tap done? In utero? Later in life? It is unlikely. Spina bifida is usually the result of a cellular migration disorder and not from a spinal tap. ...Read more

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Anticonvulsant (Definition)

Epileptic seizures, either generalized or focal. Numerous meds are available these days, and some work better with certain types, such as myoclonic or complex partial seizures. Often, in resistant cases, the meds can ...Read more


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Can spina bifida cause chest pain ?Thankyou

Can spina bifida cause chest pain ?Thankyou

Depends on the locat: It depends on the location of the defect. Without knowing that only guesses are possible. ...Read more

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What is spina bifida and how is it caused?

Congenital: This is a failure of the bones to fuse at birth usually in the lower spine. Sometimes the nerves to the legs and bladder are also malformed. So in effect, you are born with it. ...Read more

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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

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Can spina bifida cause your urine to have a foul odor?

Uti: Patients with spins vigils may have urinary tract abnormalities, including incomplete emptying of the bladder and vesico urethral reflux, which can lead to urinary tract infections. You should consult your doctor for evaluation and treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Did medical science find a way yet to repair the neural damage caused by spina bifida?

Spina bifida: We are a long way away from repairing the damage due to a myelomeningocele or spina bifida - to repair the damage one has to be able to regenerate the damaged nerve tissue and then get it to perform the neurological function that it is suppose to do - it will be sometime before that happens. ...Read more

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Can the use of urinary sheaths be the cause of recurrent uti's for a person with Spina Bifida?

Can the use of urinary sheaths be the cause of recurrent uti's for a person with Spina Bifida?

Unlikely: Recurrent UTIs in the setting of spina bifida are the result of pooled urine left in the b;adder due to the inability to feel when the bladder is empty. Sheaths collect the urine as it emerges but do not assure the bladder is empty. This is best accomplished with intermittent catheterization . You could use the sheath and perhaps three times a day use a catheter to fully empty the bladder.Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus have been used to help protect from infection but by far the best methods involve surgical procedures to reroute the urinary flow and or allow catheterization to completely empty the bladder three to four times a day. Do consult a urologist experienced in addressing bladder function in spin bifida. ...Read more

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What causes a prolapse uterus in women with spina bifida?

What causes a prolapse uterus in women with spina bifida?

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

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Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury or chromosomal disorder?

Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury or chromosomal disorder?

No one knows : There seems to be an interplay of genetic and environmental factors that cause this disease. Women who have had one child with spina bifida, or who are obese or diabetic have an increased chance of having a child with the problem. It is known that taking Folic Acid during the fertile years decreases the chance of having this problem. ...Read more

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What causes spina bifida? Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury, or a chromosomal disorder?

What causes spina bifida? Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury, or a chromosomal disorder?

Spina : Spina bifida is not an injury. It is a birth defect caused by failure of the nervous system to fully develop. When the embryo is forming, the nervous system starts out as a "neural tube" that is supposed to grow in a very specific way. If it does not, you are left with "neural tube defects" like spina bifida. There is nothing we know of that causes it for sure, but certain things make it more likely. It is more common with children that have trisomy 13, 18, or 21, but that is just an association, not a cause. They are very common, and the only thing we know of that might help prevent them is for the mother to take folate (folic acid). The hard part about that is the mother has to take folate (folic acid) very early in the pregnancy, often before she even knows she is pregnant. That is why the all women of child-bearing age are advised to take at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid every day. ...Read more

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Can cheerleading cause injury and back pain in a teenager with spina bifida occulta?

Can cheerleading cause injury and back pain in a teenager with spina bifida occulta?

Possibly: 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. Cheerleading is an energetic sport and involves a lot of stress to the spine. One should remain active but try to find activities that do not aggravate or predispose to pain. ...Read more

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Would Spina Bifida Occulta cause Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. Are they both related? Thanks

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. This area of the spine usually does not result in instability but if there were other defects, such as the pars, then this could result in the slippage you are describing. Discuss with your Doc. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can scoliosis cause chest pain ? I had Spina bifida as a child and operated on when born ,walk slightly with curved back. Thankyou

Hi doctors, can scoliosis cause chest pain ? I had Spina bifida as a child and operated on when born ,walk slightly with curved back.
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Neuromuscular : scoliosis causes chest pain. SB is a neuromuscular condition that causes muscle weakness, spasticity or paralysis, making them unable to support the spine, resulting in scoliosis. If not fused in adolescence, scoliosis can progress in adulthood. Premature arthritis of SB includes the spine & worsens with age. Spinal cord tethering can occur at any age. See your SB team for evaluation & treatment ...Read more

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Would the pain i am having in my neck cause issues with my spina bifida cause i have a lot of lower back pain?

Would the pain i am having in my neck cause issues with my spina bifida cause i have a lot of lower back pain?

Possibly: It depends on the type and severity of your spina bifida... did you have surgery? Did it cause any scoliosis or difficulties with walking? If so, you may have secondary neck pain from irregularities in your lower spine and the way you walk and hold your body. I suggest seeing your neurosurgeon, physical therapist, orthopedist, or who ever else has helped you with your spina bifida so far. ...Read more

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I had sub chorionic hemorrhage, single umnlical artery and spina bifida in baby. What could be the cause for 3. Pls hlp me with individual causes?

Potential causes: A dysmorphologist is a geneticist with a particular interest in the cause of birth defects, non-genetic, genetic, and multifactorial (the last being a combination of a genetic predisposition and an environmental "trigger"). Both the SUA and Spina Bifida occurred prior to your knowing that you were pregnant--before 11 days post conception. The subchorionic bleed occurred long after that ...Read more

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I'm 37 years old have spina bifida occulta which has never really caused much grief except for kidney failure now have numbpatch on leg, tethered cord?

Not likely: A tethered cord may be a problem during periods of rapid growth during childhood. As an adult, it is very unlikely to start causing a problem. Minor numbness is common in normal persons and may be a trapped or pinched nerve. Tight clothing may be a cause or pelvic problems including inflammation of kidney or uterus or ovaries, etc. Discuss this with your doctor. May need pelvic ultrasound. ...Read more

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Grade2 Spondy L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. What would cause sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Grade2 Spondy L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. 
What would cause sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? 
GP palpation normal

Inguinal ligament: Maybe the ligament itself is injured? But there is no pain with palpation? It is not likely to be from your lower back spondylosis. That would be more likely to affect your feet and calves. Here is some info about the inguinal ligament: http://sportsmedicine.answers.com/other-injuries/injuries-to-the-inguinal-ligament ...Read more

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Later side afects of occult spina bifida?

Later side afects of occult spina bifida?

No: Spina bifida occulta results from failure of the two lamina of one vertebra to make a solid bony fusion. The defect is generally bisecting the spinous process vertically. No instability is present. No neurologic dysfunction is present because neural elements are not affected. But associated neurological problems which may be symptomatic are more common in association with spina bifida occulta. ...Read more

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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