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I was born with meningocele spina bifida. I want to have children now that I am married. Who do I see about that?

I was born with meningocele spina bifida. I want to have children now that I am married. Who do I see about that?

Obstetrics/Gynecolog: An ob/gyn dr. Should be able to assess your ovarian function, adequacy of your pelvis, and hormone levels. They will best be able to assess your ability to carry pregnancy as well as guide you through the process. ...Read more

Dr. David Piepgras
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Meningocele (Definition)

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


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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 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

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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 is the definition or description of: meningocele?

What is the definition or description of: meningocele?

Meningocele: 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.) ...Read more

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I have a meningocele that is 5.6 CM x 3.9 CM x 5.0 CM and wondering how big this is and if it is dangerous.

I have a meningocele that is 5.6 CM x 3.9 CM x 5.0 CM and wondering how big this is and if it is dangerous.

Meningocele: A meningocele is a protrusion of the meninges that cover the brain or spinal cord through a bone defect in the skull or vertebral column respectively. The defect measures approximately 2 x 2 x 1.5 inches in size. These are not dangerous as long as cerebrospinal fluid is not leaking out through the skin and the meningocele is not enlarging. See a neurosurgeon to discuss these MRI results. ...Read more

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What causes a fetus meningocele?

What causes a fetus  meningocele?

Unknown: Failure of the fetal neural tube to close results in a neural tube defect (ntd) such as meningocele. The definite cause is not known, but inadequate maternal Folic Acid levels are associated with increased risk for ntd's. ...Read more

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What causes meningocele in a fetus?

Spina bifida: Failure of the neural tube to close during early fetal development can result in some degree of spina bifida, such as meningocele. ...Read more

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What are meningocele and hydrocephalus?

What are meningocele and hydrocephalus?

Birth defects: Meningocele is a form of spina bifida. Hydrocephalus is obstruction of csf. Both can be treated with neurosurgery. ...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 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 causes a fetus to develop meningocele?

What causes a fetus to develop meningocele?

Meningocele: A meningocele is a congenital defect in the development of the spine in which the structures covering the spine do not develop. This can occur from genetics, from teratogens in the environment, certain medications, lack of folic acid in the diet among other causes. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes meningocele in a fetus?

Please tell me what causes meningocele in a fetus?

Not just one cause: A meningocele is related to spina bifida-a neural tube defect that occurs during the first trimester formation of the brain and spinal cord. Sometimes this may be due to a deficiency of Folic Acid or genetically determined (including spontaneous mutations). This incidence of recurrent spina bifida goes down with supplemental Folic Acid as supervised by an obstetrician. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes a fetus to develop meningocele?

Please tell me what causes a fetus to develop meningocele?

Multifactorial: Meningoceles fall under a broad category of congenital anomalies called "neural tube defects" "spina bifida" or "split spine" in which the bony spine doesn't fully form over the cord. Can be associated with family history, obesity, diabetes, folate (folic acid) deficiency, high temperature exposure in early pregnancy, use of some anti-seizure medications, a previous history of the same. ...Read more

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Meningocele, pseudomonas and hydrocephalus?

Meningocele, pseudomonas and hydrocephalus?

Unsure: I'm not sure if there's a question here or if you're talking about the three of these together. If so, it would be a very difficult situation to treat. If you have a specific question, please re-send. ...Read more

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Can meningocele develop in fetus of 25 weeks ? And if fetus was fine before?

Meningocele: Yes a meningocele can develop, usually it is due to the fact that as the meningocele gets bigger it is easier to see on the ultrasonograms, meaning that it was likely there before but just not being seen on the imaging studies. ...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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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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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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Can multiple sacral meningocele be a cause of back pain?

Can multiple sacral meningocele be a cause of back pain?

Usually not: Sacral meningoceles are present from birth, and if they were the cause of pain they would have caused you trouble throughout your life. I doubt this is the case, however. I imagine your back pain is a more recent happening. Meningoceles are simply enlargements of the sheaths covering the nerves, and almost never cause pain. It would be important to be evaluated by a neurosurgeon at some point. ...Read more

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Can there be meningocele in fetus without spina bifida?

Depends: This depends on how you define it. Meningoceles as they are commonly labeled originate anywhere from the neck down to the base of the spine and involve spina bifida. When a meningocele (bag of meninges) arises from the areas above the spine, it is more often labeled an encephalocoel because it usually has brain and meninges in it. ...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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Meningocele show up on CT scan?

Meningocele show up on CT scan?

Yes: Depending on the type of meningocele it will show up on a ct scan. Some occur in the head and others in the low back. ...Read more

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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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What is a meningocele? My MRI says I possibly have one? Fluid is seen adjacent to to the mastoid tegmen. No encephalocele. Previous mastoidectomy.

What is a meningocele? My MRI says I possibly have one? Fluid is seen adjacent to to the mastoid tegmen. No encephalocele. Previous mastoidectomy.

Cyst: Its a protrusion of the covering of the brain sometimes through the bone or tegmen ( roof) of the mastoid. See an ent to check it out. You may need a CT scan of the mastoid as well ...Read more

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What occurs when a 21 day old baby with hydrocephalus and ruptures meningocele becomes infected with pseudomonas infection?

What occurs when a 21 day old baby with hydrocephalus and ruptures meningocele becomes infected with pseudomonas infection?

Hard to say: S/he could survive with aggressive treatment to a life of disability and frequent medical procedures. It could also die of the related infection by such an aggressive germ. ...Read more

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I have low back pain & down the back of my lt leg to my knee. An MRI showed occult sacral meningocele. Could this be the cause?

These typically are: Incidental or accidental findings on some patients' mri's as they occur usually without any symptoms except in older patients with bone density loss and when large can cause bone erosion sometimes leading to a sacral fracture but otherwise of no consequence and most likely unrelated to your symptoms. See a spine specialist for a specific evaluation. ...Read more

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Six weeks after laminectomy, MRI shows a 9 cm pseudo meningocele coupled with head and eye pains, left leg nerve pain. Surgery to repair or wait?

Six weeks after laminectomy, MRI shows a 9 cm pseudo meningocele coupled with head and eye pains, left leg nerve pain.  Surgery to repair or wait?

Pseudomeningocoele: You a loosing CSF that will cause low pressure HA. The hole in your meninges probable needs a patch to prevent this. Possibilities of spontaneous closure seem limited. Get a second opinion, from a different clinic or out of town if your surgeon is reluctant to fix it. ...Read more