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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?

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?

Birth Defect: These are birth defects that occasionally cotribute to back pain.Generally physical therapy is recommended.A pediatric back specialist is the proper specialist.Unless pressure on the disc, there is no neurological issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Smith
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Spina Bifida (Definition)

Spina bifida is 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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Later side afects of occult spina bifida?

Later side afects of occult spina bifida?

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 more

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How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

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

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Can you tell me any thing about occult spina bifida?

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

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I have occult spina bifida of s1? What problems over lifetime?

I have occult spina bifida of s1? What problems over lifetime?

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 more

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I have an occult spina bifida of s1. Will that affect me as a woman?

I have an occult spina bifida of s1. Will that affect me as a woman?

No: This will generally cause no symptoms or problems for you in the future. ...Read more

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Ongoing bowel and rectal problems due to occult spina bifida near coccyx?

Ongoing bowel and rectal problems due to occult spina bifida near coccyx?

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

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Need coccyx pain relief. Have an occult spina bifida down low and fell?

May be a break: Fractures of the coccyx can be painful particularly with sitting. May have nothing to do w the occulta. Get an x ray to be sure but if a fx can sit on a donut shaped pillow for relief. ...Read more

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My baby has a dimple on the base of her spine that was there at birth. Can that be occult spina bifida?

My baby has a dimple on the base of her spine that was there at birth. Can that be occult spina bifida?

No: Spina bifida occulta is by definition occult, meaning there are no symptoms and is not a serious condition. Depending on where the dimple is, this could represent other more serious spinal problems. See your doctor. ...Read more