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Please let me know if there is any cure for myelomeningocele?

Please let me know if there is any cure for myelomeningocele?

Myelomeningocele: There is no cure but a surgical treatment is available for repair of the defect - done by pediatric neurosurgeons. ...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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Why do spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later?

Why do spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later?

Myelomeningocele: Usually the repair of a myelomeningocele is delayed several days after birth to ensure that the child is stable for surgery and to also get a better assessment of potential neurologic deficits. As an adult, some patients develop spinal cord symptoms from tethering of the spinal cord prompting a procedure to release the tension on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Why is it that spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later in life?

Why is it that spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later in life?

Spina bifida: Myelomeningoceles are almost always repaired within the first couple of days of life. The exception to that is unavailability of a surgeon to do it young leading to a later repair. The other situation where the family does not want it repaired. ...Read more

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I have myelomeningocele spina bifida I use senokot (senna) for bowel management once a week but it has stopped working is there anything else I can do?

I have myelomeningocele spina bifida I use senokot (senna) for bowel management once a week but it has stopped working is there anything else I can do?

There are a number: Of other medications for bowel movement, including the magic bullet if you are looking for suppository meds. If oral is preferred, can consider miralax, (polyethylene glycol) magnesium citrate for short term use only. Do you use any narcotic medications? These obviously can slow bowels and there is a new peripheral acting only Narcan that doesn't block pain but does clear bowels of opioid issues. Hope that helps! ...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?

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 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?

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 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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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 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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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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