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Spina Bifida (Definition)

A birth defect involving incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but a risk factor appears to be low levels of folic acid in a woman's body before ...Read more


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Sacral dimple could I have spina bifida, how to know?

Sacral dimple could I have spina bifida, how to know?

Wouldn't worry: If you are 43 years old and have not had trouble with it at this point, I would not worry about it. All that being said, an MRI is the test of choice to evaluate the spinal cord and neural canal. ...Read more

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8 year old with mild spina bifida. We just found she has 2 cysts on the sacral region of her spine. Can cysts be malignant? We are worried

8 year old with mild spina bifida. We just found she has 2 cysts on the sacral region of her spine. Can cysts be malignant? We are worried

Rare if ever: These are uncommon and usually represent surface cells incorporated in the formation of the cord called a dermoid. These are often just watched over time to see if they behave in a benign way. Removal is often problematic if located within delicate nerve pathways. ...Read more

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Is posterior cleft deformity of the sacrum also called spina bifida occulta?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida refers to a deformity or defect within the lumbosacral spine and yes a posterior cleft deformity would be a form of spina bifida. ...Read more

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My 8 year old has mild spina bifida. Her urologist found 2 cysts on her sacral part of spine. Waiting for neurosurgeon appoint. Need more info?

Spina bifida assoc.: Here is a link for loads of information and resources:

http://www. Spinabifidaassociation. Org/site/c.evKRI7OXIoJ8H/b.8028963/k.BE67/Home. Htm ...Read more

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My 8 year old has mild spina bifida. A recent MRI shows 2 cysts on her sacral part of her spine. Waiting for neurosurgeon but just worried about them being rumors Etc. Can you tell me more?

My 8 year old has mild spina bifida. A recent MRI shows 2 cysts on her sacral part of her spine. Waiting for neurosurgeon but just worried about them being rumors Etc. Can you tell me more?

Spina Bifida &: Spinal Dysraphism, "mild Spina Bifida", can be associated with syringomyelia, a collection of cerebrospinal fluid within the spinal cord or if cystic, a syrinx, sometimes without a Chiari Malformation (congenital anomaly of the cerebellum), hydrocephalus or a tethered cord. Both can also be associated with benign fatty tumors, lipomas. Malignant spinal cord tumors would be much less likely. ...Read more

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Is spina bifida hereditary?

Studies show that: The incidence of neural tube defects (NTD's) like open Spina Bifida would decrease by 70% if all women took 0.4mg of Folic Acid daily from menarche to menopause. However, this dose does not prevent NTD's in offspring of women with variations in several genes involved in folate (folic acid) & homocysteine metabolism. There are also inheritable genetic causes of NTD's that are not related to folate (folic acid) metabolism. ...Read more

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Who discovered spina bifida?

Although depictions: Of people with Spina Bifida go back 12, 000 years, Amsterdam's Dr. Nicholas Tulp named the disorder between 1618-1652. Dr. Giovanni Battista Morgagni an Italian, linked lower-limb deformity & hydrocephalus to Spina Bifida in 1761. Studies show that the incidence of NTD's could decrease by as much as 70% if all women were to take a daily Folic Acid supplement from menarche to menopause. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spina bifida?

What are the tests for spina bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is usually diagnosed by x-ray for MRI of the lower spine. In the new born it can also be done with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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How many forms of spina bifida are there?

How many forms of spina bifida are there?

Many: Embryonic development involves progressive closure of the neuro cord which becomes the spine. This closure may be slightly incomplete (occult) or remain a cyst (meningomyelocele) or remain completely open. In some the pelvis and anus do not develop properly. Nerves to bladder, bowel, and legs may only partially develop. The brain may not develop properly, and hydrocephalus may develop. ...Read more

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What is spina bifida and how is it caused?

Congenital: This is a failure of the bones to fuse at birth usually in the lower spine. Sometimes the nerves to the legs and bladder are also malformed. So in effect, you are born with it. ...Read more

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Could my nephew have spina bifida if I did?

Could my nephew have spina bifida if I did?

Unlikely: Spina bifida (there are several types) is associated with some known genetic defects however the majority of cases are spontaneous and most cases are more likely related to folate (folic acid) deficiency during pregnancy. The general answer is that this is unlikely to occur in your nephew. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are all types of spina bifida?

Spina bifida: It would take a textbook to answer this question as they are many types and severity. In short spina bifida can be mild with no skin stigmata such as spina bifida occulta. To the more severe disorder where this is actual herniation of the spinal cord through the skin and muscle and again there are both mild and severe forms of this. ...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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What is the reason someone gets spina bifida?

Spina Bifida: Combination of Genetic & Environmental risk factors, such as Family history of Neural tube defects & Folic acid deficiency, White or Hispanic race, Female sex, some anti-seizure medications taken during pregnancy such as Depakote, Obese Diabetic women who get pregnant & their Diabetes not controlled, & women who develop Fever during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why are there more cases of spina bifida in the uk?

Why are there more cases of spina bifida in the uk?

Genetics plus: The most important reason is genetic predisposition. However it is quite likely that unknown environmental causes are important. Known environmental causes of spina bifida are widespread and probably would be effective in many countries, not just the uk. ...Read more

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Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Unlikely: When was the spinal tap done? In utero? Later in life? It is unlikely. Spina bifida is usually the result of a cellular migration disorder and not from a spinal tap. ...Read more

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I have spina bifida and can I conceive?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a very broad spectrum of disorders. In most cases it does not prevent conception but if you have it you should have a prenatal evaluation to determine the severity of it and whether you might need to medications such as folic acid before conceiving. ...Read more

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Can spina bifida cause chest pain? Thankyou

Depends on the locat: It depends on the location of the defect. Without knowing that only guesses are possible. ...Read more

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What's wrong with me if spina bifida occulta?

Abnormal bone: Spina bifida occulta is when the back part of the individual vertebrae is not fused together. It is the mildest form of spina bifida, and many may have it and never know it. It is only of significance if having spine surgery then the surgeon needs to know its there. ...Read more

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Sacral Dimple (Definition)

A sacral dimple is a small hole right above the buttocks. These dimples are common (2% of babies have them), and many are harmless, but some can be ...Read more


Sacrum (Definition)

Below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone or coccyx lies the sacrum. The sacrum is part of the spine and interacts with the pelvis ...Read more