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My wife was just diagnosed with spina bifida occulata (age 23). They said it's mild. Her tailbone hurts. What's the treatment for something like this?
Don't worry: This is a very common x-ray finding noted in about 22% of the population and is known as an incidental finding with no bearing on any stability issues and is asymptomatic meaning it does not cause pain. It also does not change over time. It can be associated with spondylolithesis and some transitional vertebra or base of spine anatomy variants that may alter spinal mechanics and cause pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm aware that spina bifida patients usually have the repair right at birth but why would they wait until later like age 8 to have the repair?
Spinal cord disorder: The spinal cord forms as an open tube that starts to close from the middle out to the two ends. The entire closure is done by about ten weeks. If the closure is not normal than a condition known as spina bifida occurs. Open spina bifida is when there is an opening in the spinal column to the skin. Closed spina bifida is when there is an opening in the spinal column but it has a thin cover. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes, but rarely. This condition is not common and as a family physician, i see only what comes my way. Spina bifida is usually approached in a team concept, usualy dealing with a primary care doctor (pediatrician, family physician or internest) along with physical therapist, neurologists, neuro-surgeons, physiatrist (physical medicine specialists) and a host of others. There are many issues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Spina Bifida: Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spine does not close around the spinal cord during development. This may be as small as a small gap between the 2 sides, with no buldging out of membranes or nerves, & no associated handicaps, to a large defect with part of the cord exposed outside the body, leading to paralysis and other neurological problems. Folic acid decreases the risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multifactorial: Isolated spina bifida (myelomeningocele) is a neural tube defect along with anencephaly that exhibits multifactorial determination--a combination of many genes and in utero environmental factors that cross a threshold to produce the defect. A couple having a child with spina bifida or anencephaly has a ~2% risk for each future pregnancy, a risk decreased by preconception folic acid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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