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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

Is severe left neural foraminal narrowing at c3-c4 dangerous?

It depends

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Not really dangerous but is can cause nerve compression in that area and symptoms from that compression. Sometimes, however, it produces no symptoms.
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What is the recommendation for someone with severe left neural foraminal narrowing at L4-5 w/ a 4mm left paracentral protusion. Also noted is moderate ight neural foraminal narrowing?

Check it urgently

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Please check it with the neuro surgery this is something you should not put off and you may need surgery
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what are neural tube defects?

NTD

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Neural tube defects are a host of lesions that affect the spinal cord. They vary in degree from Spina Bifida Occulta ( mildest ) to Craniorrachischis Totalis ( severest), spina bifida, and myelomengocele being the most frequently encountered. They have been linked to a diet deficient in Folate (folic acid) during pregnancy.
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What are the tests for neural tube defects?

Antepartum Dx.

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There are screening tests available to detect neural tube defects in the fetus. The most common is called Alfa fetoprotein. The levels of this substance is significantly increased if the fetus is affected with an open neural tube defect.
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Dr. David C. Fein answered:

What is Neural tube defects often mentioned in pregnancy..?

Spina Bifida

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"Neural Tube Defects" is a general name for developmental problems regarding the early developing spinal cord. The most commonly known defect is called "spina bifida" -- a defect in which the developing spinal cord is open to the skin on the back of the baby. This can lead to bowel or bladder control problems, neurologic problems, and even paralysis.
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Dr. Danae Steele answered:

What are the core symptoms of neural tube defects?

None

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There are no symptoms in a pregnant woman if her baby has a neural tube defect. The blood test for Maternal Serum Alpha Fetoprotein (MSAFP) is frequently elevated, if she has that testing done, but an ultrasound is necessary to diagnose a neural tube defect in the baby.
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Are there effective natural treatments for neural tube defects?

No

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There are no natural treatments for neural tube defects. The presence of a neural tube defect in a fetus requires surgical closure either in utero or after delivery. Closure of the defect can be associated with accumulation of fluid in the brain and shunting is sometimes necessary.
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Am I right in thinking that most neural tube defects form in the first trimester?

Yes

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These occur extremely early in the pregnancy, usually before a woman even knows she is pregnant
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How does folic acid prevent neural tube defects?

NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS

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ARE ONE OF THE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECTS(1 IN 1,000 LIVE BIRTHS IN THIS COUNTRY). IT IS AN OPENING IN THE SPINAL CORD OR BRAIN THAT DOES NOT CLOSE PROPERLY. FOLIC ACID AND B12 HELP TRANSPORT THE NECESSARY MATERIALS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN NORMALLY. FOLATE IS NEEDED FOR PRODUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF NEW CELLS, TO MAKE NORMAL DNA AND RNA.
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Dr. Randy S. Baker answered:

Dr chevies newman mthfr mutation prevents body from processing folic acid or doing it well. I hear it takes time to build up folate. because i didnt start that early,worried about neural tube defects.

He's right but...

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Since you are heterozygous you will be able to convert some folic acid to the active L-5-MTHFR form. Also, hopefully your diet had adequate folate from green leafy veggies etc. Because 30% of people have folate metabolism issues I advise women to take prenatals that have the L-5-MTHF form. If worried you can get imagining studies to check for neural tube defects.
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