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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

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 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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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 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?

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 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