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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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