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Dr. Bradford Landry
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Spina Bifida Occulta (Overview)

Spins bifida occulta is a term describing the failure of formation of the spinous process and potentially some degree of the laminar arch of one or more of the lower vertebrae. As opposed to true spina bifida; it is rarely associated with any neurological deficit.


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If you have spina bifida occulta at age 16, could it get worse with age, or is it very stable?

If you have spina bifida occulta at age 16, could it get worse with age, or is it very stable?

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.

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Dr. Bradford Landry
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Spina Bifida Occulta (Overview)

Spins bifida occulta is a term describing the failure of formation of the spinous process and potentially some degree of the laminar arch of one or more of the lower vertebrae. As opposed to true spina bifida; it is rarely associated with any neurological deficit.


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Hi doctor I am 18 years old male. I was diagnosed with spina bifida occulta. I play football, but I feel fatigue in the spine. Can continue to play footb?

Hi doctor I am 18 years old male. I was diagnosed with spina bifida occulta. I play football, but I feel fatigue in the spine. Can continue to play footb?

Active Spina Bifida: Sounds like you are very healthy. Do you have any pain in your legs or bowel or bladder issues? The majority of people with Spina bifida occulta will be healthy, with no restrictions. If you have been playing football for awhile, you probably can safely continue See this for info http://www. Spinabifidaassociation. Org/site/c.evKRI7OXIoJ8H/b.8277205/

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Can cheerleading cause injury and back pain in a teenager with spina bifida occulta?

Can cheerleading cause injury and back pain in a teenager with spina bifida occulta?

Possibly: Spina bifida occulta is a congenital skeletal and therefore musculoskeletal abnormality. It is more a predisposing factor, meaning some people will have problems due to it while others will not. Cheerleading is an energetic sport and involves a lot of stress to the spine. One should remain active but try to find activities that do not aggravate or predispose to pain.

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X-ray report - A spina bifida occulta is present at level S1 - what does that mean?

Bone abnormality: Spina Bifida Occulta is a failure of the poster elements of a vertebra to completely fuse. It is usually an incidental finding on x-ray. If however you are having bladder or bowel problems, consult your doctor.

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Pain! How to treat, chiro? X-ray shows spina bifida occulta@l5, grade1 anterolisthesis of L5 w/spondylosis, mild disc space height loss@l4-5&l5-s1

Too little info: As dr. Hines says, a neurosurgeon can help differentiate all of the above and provide you with the best treatment options for your condtion. There are many factors to consider- your age, how much spondylosis, pain location, duration, relief, exacerbation, general health, etc. See a neurosurgeon for some good answers. Best of luck to you.

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What do I need to know about spina bifida occulta s1?

Spina bifida occulta: A common finding on x-ray and rarely requires any from of treatment.

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Information that can be helpful? Spina bifida occulta risk in babies if mom has it

Information that can be helpful? Spina bifida occulta risk in babies if mom has it

5-10 x greater: Spina bifida occulta is a common condition occurring in 10-20% of normal healthy people with the most frequently seen form is harmless. The "less common" forms of spina bifida occulta affect the spinal cord & have potential health consequences. Risk of recurrence (mother-parent) is 5-10 times greater than the gen. Population. Seek genetic counseling/medical follow up. Consume Folic Acid daily. 4mg.

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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.

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What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

Skin covering: Spina bifida occulta, like open spina bifida, is a congenital malformation involving a problem with closing of the neural tube during development. However, there is not exposed neural tissue in spina bifida occulta. There can be tracts connecting the skin to the spinal cord, or lipomas or bands (tight filum) which can cause neurologic deficit. There can also be bony issues.

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What is a good type of mattress for spina bifida occulta?

Spina bifida is usua: Lly is an incidental finding on x-rays & is an asymptomatic condition. If U have back pain it would B from another condition. As far as mattresses R concerned, U have 2 decide by trying different types. Everyone has a different preference.

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What exercises are beneficial with for spina bifida occulta?

What exercises are beneficial with for spina bifida occulta?

Paraspinous strength: Isometric exercises to strengthen the paraspinous muscles. Swimming is excellent.

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Could I have spina bifida occulta and not know it for years?

Certainly: Most people with spina bifida occulta are unaware of hteir condition and do not have any symptoms from this. Most of the time it doesn't cause any problems.

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What is the definition or description of: Spina bifida occulta?

Defect: Spins bifida occulta is a term describing the failure of formation of the spinous process and potentially some degree of the laminar arch of one or more of the lower vertebrae. As opposed to true spina bifida; it is rarely associated with any neurological deficit.

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I have spina bifida occulta diagnosed as teen; could it get worse?

Probably not: Spina bifida occulta is the mildest type of spina bifida. So long as you do not have a tethered cord, it will probably not become worse.

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If you have spina bifida occulta at age 16, could it get worse with age, or is it very stable?

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.

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What do I need to know about spina bifida occulta s1?

Spina bifida occulta: A common finding on x-ray and rarely requires any from of treatment.

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Spina bifida occulta can this stop someone from doing cheerleading?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida occulta is a rather common finding on x-ray and is rarely symptomatic and I would assume in most cases not to interfer in cheerleading.

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Nursing care plan for spina bifida occulta?

None needed: Spina bifida occulta is usually found as an incidental finding when evaluating the cause of back pain. unless there is an indication of bladder or bowel dysfunction related to a tethered spinal cord there is no need for a nursing care plan.

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Later side afects of low spina bifida occulta? Incontinence?

Later side afects of low spina bifida occulta? Incontinence?

Possible: Spina bifida and occulta an be associated with urinary dysfunction. Incontinence and/or urinary retention can occur. Recommend further evaluation with urologist, urogynecologist or neuro-urologist. Additional testing can clarify causes such as urodynamic testing.

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Can spina bifida occulta lead to tailbone pain problems in adults?

No: Spina bifida occulta by itself is an asymptomatic condition. However co-existence of other spinal anomalies can lead to back pain.

Dr. Edward Smith
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Spina Bifida (Definition)

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