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What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

Skin covering: Spina bifida occulta, like open spina bifida, is a congenital malformation involving a problem with closing of the neural tube during development. However, there is not exposed neural tissue in spina bifida occulta. There can be tracts connecting the skin to the spinal cord, or lipomas or bands (tight filum) which can cause neurologic deficit. There can also be bony issues. ...Read more

Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...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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Later side afects of low spina bifida occulta? Incontinence?

Later side afects of low spina bifida occulta? Incontinence?

Possible: Spina bifida and occulta an be associated with urinary dysfunction. Incontinence and/or urinary retention can occur. Recommend further evaluation with urologist, urogynecologist or neuro-urologist. Additional testing can clarify causes such as urodynamic testing. ...Read more

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Difference between fetal spina bifida and anencephaly?

Difference between fetal spina bifida and anencephaly?

Very different: Anencephaly is the abscence of a closed cranial cavity (head) and implies incomplete brain development/function. Essentially, anencephaly is being born without functioning brain. Spinal bifida is an incomplete closure of the neural tube. There is no implication of brain development or brain function. While there may be paralysis in spina bifida, the brain can function normally in many cases. ...Read more

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

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

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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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Nursing daignosis of spina bifida in neonate as pryority?

Nursing daignosis of spina bifida in neonate as pryority?

Do your homework: The site is not designed to be a shortcut to answer your homework. You need to read through your nursing texts, assimilate the information and come up with a list reflecting the jargon of your texts.Anything off the site will not fit your instructors requirements & they will know you took a shortcut. ...Read more

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What exercises are beneficial with for spina bifida occulta?

What exercises are beneficial with for spina bifida occulta?

Paraspinous strength: Isometric exercises to strengthen the paraspinous muscles. Swimming is excellent. ...Read more

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Can there be meningocele in fetus without spina bifida?

Depends: This depends on how you define it. Meningoceles as they are commonly labeled originate anywhere from the neck down to the base of the spine and involve spina bifida. When a meningocele (bag of meninges) arises from the areas above the spine, it is more often labeled an encephalocoel because it usually has brain and meninges in it. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida.?

What are the chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida.?

Spina bifida: A woman who has spina bifida has a 1 - 5% risk of having a baby with spina bifida. Taking Folic Acid at higher than usual amounts for at least two months prior to conception will decrease the risk of having a baby with spina bifida. ...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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How does folic acid prevent neural tube defects?

How does folic acid prevent neural tube defects?

NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS: Are one of the most common birth defects(1 in 1, 000 live births in this country). It is an opening in the spinal cord or brain that does not close properly. Folic acid and B12 help transport the necessary materials to make this happen normally. Folate (folic acid) is needed for production and maintenance of new cells, to make normal dna and rna. ...Read more

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Are men with spina bifida less fertile?

Are men with spina bifida less fertile?

Maybe: It depends on the level of the spina bifida. Low lesions (sacral) can lead to loss of ejaculation. If the man is in a wheel chair, sperm quality can also be affected. Many treatment options are available with a male fertility specialist. ...Read more

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How can folate (folic acid) prevent birth defects?

Very important: Folate (folic acid) is used by the developing fetus in the formation of the nervous system and spinal cord. If the fetus does not receive enough folate, (folic acid) it is at risk for defects such as spina bifida, or anencephaly (no head). ...Read more

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Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

No, the anatomical-: -variant has always been there & no need 2 worry. Also it has nothing to do with your complaints. It is usually found incidentally on X-rays. ...Read more

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How many forms of spina bifida are there?

How many forms of spina bifida are there?

Many: Embryonic development involves progressive closure of the neuro cord which becomes the spine. This closure may be slightly incomplete ( occult) or remain a cyst (meningomyelocele) or remain completely open. In some the pelvis and anus do not develop properly. Nerves to bladder, bowel, and legs may only partially develop. The brain may not develop properly, and hydrocephalus may develop. ...Read more

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Why do spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later?

Why do spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later?

Myelomeningocele: Usually the repair of a myelomeningocele is delayed several days after birth to ensure that the child is stable for surgery and to also get a better assessment of potential neurologic deficits. As an adult, some patients develop spinal cord symptoms from tethering of the spinal cord prompting a procedure to release the tension on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Who discovered spina bifida?

Although depictions : of people with Spina Bifida go back 12,000 years, Amsterdam's Dr. Nicholas Tulp named the disorder between 1618-1652. Dr. Giovanni Battista Morgagni an Italian, linked lower-limb deformity & hydrocephalus to Spina Bifida in 1761. Studies show that the incidence of NTD's could decrease by as much as 70% if all women were to take a daily Folic Acid supplement from menarche to menopause. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spina bifida?

What are the tests for spina bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is usually diagnosed by x-ray for MRI of the lower spine. In the new born it can also be done with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is low folate (folic acid) why babies have cleft lip and palate?

Is low folate (folic acid) why babies have cleft lip and palate?

Not known: There are neural tube defects related to low folate (folic acid) levels during pregnancy but cleft lip and palate is principally felt to be related to environmental toxins and/ or genetic inheritance. Folic acid deficiency is still being investigated as a possible cause. ...Read more

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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. Kristi Woods
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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more