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Are there any gene therapies to prevent your child from having spina bifida?

Are there any gene therapies to prevent your child from having spina bifida?

Not yet: Not yet ready for prime time. There may be experimental programs investigating this. Contact nih about clinical trials. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Smith
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Spina Bifida (Definition)

Spina bifida is 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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What is spina bifida?

What is spina bifida?

Spinal cord disorder: The spinal cord forms as an open tube that starts to close from the middle out to the two ends. The entire closure is done by about ten weeks. If the closure is not normal than a condition known as spina bifida occurs. Open spina bifida is when there is an opening in the spinal column to the skin. Closed spina bifida is when there is an opening in the spinal column but it has a thin cover. ...Read more

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What is spina bifida?

What is spina bifida?

Spina Bifida: Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spine does not close around the spinal cord during development. This may be as small as a small gap between the 2 sides, with no buldging out of membranes or nerves, & no associated handicaps, to a large defect with part of the cord exposed outside the body, leading to paralysis and other neurological problems. Folic acid decreases the risk. ...Read more

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What are the signs of spina bifida?

Spina Bifida: Depends on the type; 1. Spina bifida occulta shows small gap in 1 or more of spinal bones, seen in newborn as a small dimple or birth mark or tuft of hair or fat collection. 2. Meningocele shows as bulging of meninges (sheath around spinal cord) through the opening in back. 3. Myelomeningocele is wider protrusion through several vertebrae, forming a large sac. This is most severe. ...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?

Yes: Meningomyelocele and spina bifida are an interrelated problem, in that all people with the former have the latter. ...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