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Is It A Neural Tube Defect If Your Sacral Dimple Is Bottomless
If a sacral dimple is closed and is just a skin dimple, does this mean the child has a neural tube defect underneath?
Sacral dimple: Most of the time, sacral dimples are harmless and don't require any treatment. Rarely, a sacral dimple may indicate a serious underlying abnormality of the spine or spinal cord. To rule out any abnormality, your child's doctor may recommend an imaging test. If an abnormality is discovered, treatment depends on the underlying cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
AFP: A normal AFP reduces the risk of an open neural tube abnormality. Enlarged cerebral ventricles are usually not associated with neural tube abnormalities. ...Read more
If a placenta has an extra lobe is it always connected to the main placenta? Is it possible it could be hidden and not seen at delivery (c-section)?
There is pain at the gap in between by buttock and sacral dimple. Is this something to be worried about?
Can there be a birth defect in the hypoglossal nerve, which detoriates the brain in later years? if so, what will it be called?
Hypoglossal Nerve : function can be impacted by prenatal strokes, prenatal infections, some congenital anomalies like Möbius Syndrome or branchial arch cysts, especially infected ones, or post-natal tumor or infection at the base of the brain or neck trauma, any of which can lead to problems with speaking, chewing, or swallowing. Whether it is progressive depends on the cause of the XIIth Cranial Nerve Palsy. ...Read more
No.: Narrowing can occur in 2 places. If it is off to the side where a nerve root exits the spine (the foramen), then it compresses a nerve and causes "radiculopathy". This presents as pain going down the arm. Myelopathy is central spinal cord compression with exam findings showing spinal cord dysfunction. It's an exam finding, more than an imaging finding, although bruising of the cord may be seen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it true that there is a protude in vagina when there is urinary track infection? Or is it uterine prolapse?
Is it possible that a c5-c6 herniated disc cause muscle issues in the dorsal area? If so, does an operation that removes the prolapsed part fix it?
C5 and 6: Yes, c5 and c6 roots innervate a number of muscles on your upper back, including contributing to supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. If you are having weakness in these muscles, prior to surgery, i would recommend to have an EMG prior to surgery to make sure its due to nerve root issue. If you have surgery, it could help, but depends on time severity whether it recovers. ...Read more
Yes and more: Neural tube defects can be brought on by genetics, nutrition, and environmental factors. Women who are deficient in Folic Acid before or during pregnancy are at a higher risk for neural tube defects. Women who are obese, have poorly controlled diabetes, or take medication such as Dilantin, Tegretol, or Depakote are at higher risk for neural tube defects or anencephaly. I hope this helps. Take c ...Read more
See spine surgeon: Synovial cysts are treated by mainly 3 methods. Observation along with activity modification for minimal complaints. Cyst injections; either directely thru the facet joint with drainage & steroid injection or by epidural steroid. The latter does not decrease the cyst size but eliminate inflammation. The 3rd is either a decompression with foraminotomy or with fusion if instability is present. ...Read more
8x greater risk: It has been shown that having a child with a neural tube defect increases the chance of having a second child with a similar defect. The recurrence risk in this situation is 8 times greater than the risk if no such history was present. Also if there is any family history of neural tube defects there is an increased risk of an affected pregnancy even if not immediate relative (2cd or 3d degree). ...Read more
Penile chordee: A mild congenital abnormality. Only a problem if you have a problem urinating or performing sexual penetration. Should see a reconstructive urologist if you have either of these problems. Most mild curvatures are problem free. ...Read more
How dangerous is it to have a large disc extrusion at c3/c4 indenting the cord but no signal abnormality as of now is it operable ?
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