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Dr. David Piepgras
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Meningocele (Overview)

Meningocele is a hernial protrusion of the meninges (brain or spinal linings) through a defect in the cranium (head bones), (cranial m.), or vertebral column (spinal m.)


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What are the symptoms of a meningocele?

What are the symptoms of a meningocele?

Bulging sac: This is a developmental malformation of the nervous system where the normal posterior structures do not form properly. Usually a bulging sac is seen in the back which contains the 'meningocele'. They can leak causing meningitis and are usually surgically fixed. The kids however are not otherwise symptomatic as apposed to the myelomeningocele patients. Spinal deformity present. ...Read more

Dr. David Piepgras
97 doctors shared insights

Meningocele (Overview)

Meningocele is a hernial protrusion of the meninges (brain or spinal linings) through a defect in the cranium (head bones), (cranial m.), or vertebral column (spinal m.)


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What are the tests for meningocele?

What are the tests for meningocele?

Afp: An elevated Alpha feto-protein (AFP) is usually the first indiction that there may be a neural tube defect (ntd). Some are then diagnosed on ultrasound exam. A small defect may require amniocentesis to detect elevated acetycholinesterase for confirmation of an ntd. ...Read more

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What causes meningocele in a family member?

What causes meningocele in a family member?

Birth Defect: This is a problem with how the nervous system develops. It leaves a herniated portion of the spinal cord precursor. It is something you are born with but it can often be helped with surgery. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a meningocele on CT scan?

What does it mean to have a meningocele on CT scan?

Meningeal herniation: A meningocele is a protrusion of the meninges, outer lining of the brain or spinal cord, and contains csf, cerebrospinal fluid.They can be congenital or acquired, for example after surgery. Most are located in the lumbosacral region. A simple meningocele is usually not associated with other spinal abnormalities. ...Read more

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I search a doctor to treat disease like meningocele?

I search a doctor to treat disease like meningocele?

Need specialists: Treatment of a meningocoele requires pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons, and a hospital with lots of experience doing it. A meningocoele is a cyst filled with cerebrospinal fluid, lined with meninges membranes, but without having neural tissue inside it. The cyst is protruding from an unfused part of the spine. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for meningocele?

What is the treatment for meningocele?

Surgical repair: Meningocele is typically repaired surgically after delivery. There are a few research centers that perform fetal surgery to repair these defects prior to delivery - with varying degrees of success. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for meningocele (spina bifida)?

See or sew: If the meningocele is covered by intact skin and no neurologic deficits are present, maybe nothing need be done except to be careful about traumatizing the area (see). If neurologic deficits are present or overlying tissues are fragile or breached, then surgery is needed to repair and protect the area (sew). Consult a neurosurgeon for more details. ...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 prevents meningocele?

What prevents meningocele?

Not really anything: We believe there's a strong correlation with low levels of Folic Acid and neural tube defects. The neural tube closes at day 28 of gestation and therefore we like women to start Folic Acid in their prenatal vitamins at least 6 months before conception. ...Read more

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What are the tests for meningocele?

Afp: An elevated Alpha feto-protein (AFP) is usually the first indiction that there may be a neural tube defect (ntd). Some are then diagnosed on ultrasound exam. A small defect may require amniocentesis to detect elevated acetycholinesterase for confirmation of an ntd. ...Read more