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Meningocele In Children
I was born with meningocele spina bifida. I want to have children now that I am married. Who do I see about that?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Mri found a thoracic meningocele cyst could this be causing the numbess an heavy feeling in left arm hand and foot weak bladder control and tiredness?
Depends: If this is very large in the neck and growing like a tumor then it could cause your symptoms. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more