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Doctor insights on: Handling Umbilical Cord Prolapse Condition

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What can be done for umbilical cord prolapse?

What can be done for umbilical cord prolapse?

Emergent care: If possible, the effect of the prolapse is reduced, which can require a hand be pushed up the birth canal to prevent the head from pressing against the placenta. I have known this to happen inside an ambulance heading to the hospital. An emergency C-section delivers the baby from above. Failure to keep the head off the placenta stops blood flow and suffocates baby. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Umbilical Cord Prolapse (Definition)

In umbilical cord prolapse, the cord slips ahead of the presenting part of the fetus and protrudes into the cervical canal or vagina, or beyond. It constitutes an obstetrical emergency because the prolapsed cord is vulnerable to compression, umbilical vein occlusion, and umbilical artery vasospasm, which can compromise fetal ...Read more


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Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Yes: Treatable yes....Curable possibly. See a spine orthopedist. ...Read more

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Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Tricky: first, if there are signs of nerve damage (strength, sensation, changes in control of bowel or bladder) then surgery is indicated. Then.... 1-10% of the population has lumbar disk disease and surgery is not generally done and doesn't have that good of an effect when it is. Neurofibroma in spine complicates things. A Lot. It's a growing benign tumor and surgery might spread it. Radiation therapy. ...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 are the symptoms of umbilical cord prolapse?

What are the symptoms of umbilical cord prolapse?

Dramatic drop in FHR: Umbilical cord prolapse occurs suddenly in many cases. There is typically a sudden drop in the fetal heart rate, and someone examining the patient from below can feel a pulsating cord. This is an OB emergency. ...Read more

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What is tethered spinal cord syndrome?

What is tethered spinal cord syndrome?

Stretched spine: Tethered cord syndrome is where the spinal cord is stretched because it failed to grow along with the rest of the spine. The cord is attached to the sacrum but as we grow as a child this attachment lengthens along with our body growing taller. When this does not happen, the cord stretches and this causes pain, weakness, and bowel/bladder problems. If very symptomatic, it requires surgery. ...Read more

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Can a baby die from congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Can  a baby  die from congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Yes : If the hernia is large enough to allow the abdominal organs to go in i the chest during development, they can physically prevent the lung from developing. In its most severe case, rapid death due to inability to get oxygen in to the system can occur immediately after delivery. It is important to understand however that this is not the case for all hernias. See a pediatric surgeon for your details. ...Read more

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What specialists deal with spinal cord disease?

What specialists deal with spinal cord disease?

See below: Neurologists manage nonsurgical spinal cord problems such as MS , stroke, transverse myelitis. Neurosurgeons manage surgical problems such as tumors, trauma, disc herniations. ...Read more

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Is a straight umbilical cord dangerous?

Is a straight umbilical cord dangerous?

Straight cord: It may be dangerous because of poor blood supply to the placenta abd fetus. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord injury be treated with a baby's cord blood?

Can a spinal cord injury be treated with a baby's cord blood?

STEM CELL: Yes, it is possible, injecting stem cells in spinal canal may result in regeneration of the spine and help to regain the function of the spinal cord, a lot of trials on animal models are very promising now a days. ...Read more

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How serious is a disc herniation at c4-c5 with spinal contact?

How serious is a disc herniation at c4-c5 with spinal contact?

It could be serious: The two most common levels in the cervical spine to herniate are the c5 - c6 level (cervical 5 and cervical 6) and the c6 -c7 level. The next most common is the c4 - c5 level, and rarely the c7 - t1 level may herniate. C4 - c5 (c5 nerve root) - can cause weakness in the deltoid muscle in the upper arm. Does not usually cause numbness or tingling. Can cause shoulder pain. ...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 safe is mismatched umbilical cord blood transfusion?

How safe is mismatched umbilical cord blood transfusion?

Depends: Infants usually do not react adversely to mismatched blood immediately. How did the infant get this mismatched cord blood? In some countries where there is no immediate source of blood, there is something called 'walking donor'-which has saved many a life. While I am not concerned, the blood bank can tell you prior to the next transfusion if there are any antibodies produced from such a case. ...Read more

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Is occult tethered cord a common condition?

Is occult tethered cord a common condition?

Quite rare: The spinal cord gradually moves up the spinal canal with growth. If the cord (filum terminale) that connects it to the bottom of the spine is too tight, traction develops with growth. Mri can show thick cord and low lying cord that may need surgery to release. Incontinence and difficulty in use of the legs may develop to indicate need for surgery. If no symptoms, no need to treat. ...Read more

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Brother born spina bifida now 31 diagnosed with tethered spinal cord. Needs detethering how common/successful is it? Should he see dr in usa or sydney

Brother born spina bifida now 31 diagnosed with tethered spinal cord. Needs detethering how common/successful is it? Should he see dr in usa or sydney

Depends on symptoms: Neurosurgeons both in australia and the usa are quite capable of doing this. Practicality and logistics should dictate where it should be done. Success with detethering depends upon the symptoms that are present, and also the age at which symptoms present. Have a detailed discussion with the neurosurgeon, and perhaps get a second opinion. Choose one who does a fair number of these, at a sb center. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord insult?

What is spinal cord insult?

Cord Injury: Its a generic term used for injury to the spinal cord. Usual causes include infection, trauma, autoimmune/inflammatory and from multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat umbilical cord prolapse?

How do doctors treat umbilical cord prolapse?

C- section delivery: When recognized, one member of the staff will be positioned beneath the patient with a hand pushing up on the head of the baby to keep it from compressing the cord. The rest of the team readies the patient for an emergency c-section. ...Read more

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Can a disc bulge w/ spinal stenosis cause erectile dysfunction?

Can a disc bulge w/ spinal stenosis cause erectile dysfunction?

Yes: Though there are many causes of ed and many, if not most, pts with ed have a combination of physical and/or psychological factors as the basis for ed, there is no question that lumbar disc disease or lumbar spinal stenosis can not only cause or contribute to erection problems but can also affect normal bowel and bladder function as well depending on the location and severity of nerve involvement. ...Read more