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Is spina bifida hereditary?

Is spina bifida hereditary?

Studies show that : the incidence of neural tube defects (NTD's) like open Spina Bifida would decrease by 70% if all women took 0.4mg of Folic Acid daily from menarche to menopause. However, this dose does not prevent NTD's in offspring of women with variations in several genes involved in folate (folic acid) & homocysteine metabolism. There are also inheritable genetic causes of NTD's that are not related to folate (folic acid) metabolism. ...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


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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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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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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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Could my nephew have spina bifida if I did?

Could my nephew have spina bifida if I did?

Unlikely: Spina bifida (there are several types) is associated with some known genetic defects however the majority of cases are spontaneous and most cases are more likely related to folate (folic acid) deficiency during pregnancy. The general answer is that this is unlikely to occur in your nephew. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are all types of spina bifida?

Spina bifida: It would take a textbook to answer this question as they are many types and severity. In short spina bifida can be mild with no skin stigmata such as spina bifida occulta. To the more severe disorder where this is actual herniation of the spinal cord through the skin and muscle and again there are both mild and severe forms of this. ...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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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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What is the reason someone gets spina bifida?

Spina Bifida: Combination of Genetic & Environmental risk factors, such as Family history of Neural tube defects & Folic acid deficiency, White or Hispanic race, Female sex, some anti-seizure medications taken during pregnancy such as Depakote, Obese Diabetic women who get pregnant & their Diabetes not controlled, & women who develop Fever during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is meningocele and spina bifida the same thing?

Is meningocele and spina bifida the same thing?

Related terms: Spina bifida is a fancy way to say that a spine segment or segments did not close along their backside. Meningocoel is a term for the spinal cord & elements that would balloon out the back if the spine did not close and contain them. People often use the term to describe a similar process. The most common location is at the base of the spine, but both could happen in the neck also. ...Read more

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Why are there more cases of spina bifida in the uk?

Why are there more cases of spina bifida in the uk?

Genetics plus: The most important reason is genetic predisposition. However it is quite likely that unknown environmental causes are important. Known environmental causes of spina bifida are widespread and probably would be effective in many countries, not just the uk. ...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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What is the range of ability for people with spina bifida?

Missing information: Need to know the level of the Neural Tube Defect, other brain anomalies along with hydrocephalus, underlying genetic or other medical conditions, level of cognition, motor, bowel & bladder function, non-verbal learning disabilities with autistic-like signs & symptoms & so forth. See http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.evKRI7OXIoJ8H/b.8028963/k.BE67/Home.htm ...Read more

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What is the difference between spina bifida and anencephaly?

What is the difference between spina bifida and anencephaly?

The position: The developing brain and spinal cord go through a predictable pattern.The primitive neural tissue folds on itself to begin forming the spinal elements. It actually closes the fold starting in the middle and progresses toward the top and bottom. Like closing a zipper from the middle out. If the fold doesn't close at the tom, anencephaly develops. If it doesn't close at the bottom. Spina bifida. ...Read more

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I have occult spina bifida of s1? What problems over lifetime?

I have occult spina bifida of s1? What problems over lifetime?

Probably not much: Spina bifida oculta is often an x-ray finding that causes no major symptoms . However spina bifida can cause symptoms such as weakness of the legs and bladder problems and occasionally a characteristic loss of the sensation in the so called 'saddle' area. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spina bifida repair?

Closure of defect: There are many degrees of spina bifida, but "repair" usually refers to closure of a myelomeningocele. In these infants, the spinal cord fails to close into a tube completely and remains open and attached to the skin on the back. It must be repaired within several days of birth by untethering the cord from the skin and constructing several layers to close. The defect. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy of a male with spina bifida?

What is the average life expectancy of a male with spina bifida?

Depends: It depends on whether we are talking about spinabifida occulta, meningocele or myelomeningocele. If we are talking about myelomeningocele it depends on how high the lesion is and whether or not there is an arnold-chiari malformation in the brain. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy for a person with spina bifida be?

Depends: A lot depends on the presence of comorbidities. Some patients with spina bifida are wheel chair bound or have issues with bladder function. If these lower tract symptoms are present there is a higher risk of septic complications. With good care and good compliance there should be no limit. ...Read more

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Mild spina bifida getting worse. Could it be a circulation problem?

Please be specific: Spina bifida & circulation problems r not related. Problems associated with spina bifida are neurosurgical (back pain, nerve compression etc) orthopedic (gait, leg & foot broblems) or urologic (urinary incontince) & taken care of by specialists in those areas. Circulation problems r related to reduced blood flow to certain areas from spasm (raynaud's) kinked or compressed blood vessels & cause pain. ...Read more