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Spina Bifida Occult
My 14 yo son had an X-ray due to lower back pain and it showed spina bifida occult L5 , and mild wedging deformity T11 what does it mean?
No: Spina bifida occulta results from failure of the two lamina of one vertebra to make a solid bony fusion. The defect is generally bisecting the spinous process vertically. No instability is present. No neurologic dysfunction is present because neural elements are not affected. But associated neurological problems which may be symptomatic are more common in association with spina bifida occulta. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No impact: Spina bifida occulta is manifested by a single defect: failure of the two laminae of a vertebra to achieve bony union with each other. Often times the spinous process is associated with one lamina. Rarely is the spinous process completely absent. The vertebra has normal strength, normal associated joints, ligaments, qnd disks plus no nerve root herniation or compression. Occult = symptom-free. ...Read more
Spina bifida: "occult" is a term used when the finding of spina bifida is only seen on an x-ray and it is a lack of development of a bone called the lamina in the lower lumbar spine that does not fully develop. In most cases there are usually no clinical problems associated with this x-ray finding. ...Read more
Probably not much: Spina bifida oculta is often an x-ray finding that causes no major symptoms . However spina bifida can cause symptoms such as weakness of the legs and bladder problems and occasionally a characteristic loss of the sensation in the so called 'saddle' area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: This will generally cause no symptoms or problems for you in the future. ...Read more
Doubtful: Spina bifida occulta is usually just a failure of the arch of the most inferior vertebrae to form fully. It is almost never associated with bowel and bladder dysfunction. That being said, if you are suspicious with persistent symptoms, see your family md for evaluation and possibly an MRI to rule this out. ...Read more
Coccyx MRI results showed occult spina bifida. Never heard that in 40 years. Help me understand the report?
My baby has a dimple on the base of her spine that was there at birth. Can that be occult spina bifida?
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