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Does Anticonvulsant Use Cause Spina Bifida
Anticonvulsant is a medication similar to Antiseizure medication. 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
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
Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a disorder that you are born with, developing chest pain as an adult of 58 years of age it would be very unlikely that this disorder is causing chest pain. But having said that if you are have frequent chest pain that needs to be evaluated by your primary care md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hormones: I'd start with getting the thyroid checked. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. The hard part about that is the mother has to take folate 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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