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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Spina Bifida Repair (Overview)

There are many degrees of spina bifida, but "repair" usually refers to closure of a myelomeningocele. In these infants, the spinal cord fails to close into a tube completely and remains open and attached to the skin on the back. It must be repaired within several days of birth by untethering the cord from the skin and constructing several layers to close. The defect.


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What is the definition or description of: spina bifida repair?

What is the definition or description of: spina bifida repair?

Closure of defect: There are many degrees of spina bifida, but "repair" usually refers to closure of a myelomeningocele. In these infants, the spinal cord fails to close into a tube completely and remains open and attached to the skin on the back. It must be repaired within several days of birth by untethering the cord from the skin and constructing several layers to close. The defect. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Spina Bifida Repair (Overview)

There are many degrees of spina bifida, but "repair" usually refers to closure of a myelomeningocele. In these infants, the spinal cord fails to close into a tube completely and remains open and attached to the skin on the back. It must be repaired within several days of birth by untethering the cord from the skin and constructing several layers to close. The defect.


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Did medical science find a way yet to repair the neural damage caused by spina bifida?

Spina bifida: We are a long way away from repairing the damage due to a myelomeningocele or spina bifida - to repair the damage one has to be able to regenerate the damaged nerve tissue and then get it to perform the neurological function that it is suppose to do - it will be sometime before that happens. ...Read more

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Why do spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later?

Why do spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later?

Myelomeningocele: Usually the repair of a myelomeningocele is delayed several days after birth to ensure that the child is stable for surgery and to also get a better assessment of potential neurologic deficits. As an adult, some patients develop spinal cord symptoms from tethering of the spinal cord prompting a procedure to release the tension on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Why is it that spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later in life?

Spina bifida: Myelomeningoceles are almost always repaired within the first couple of days of life. The exception to that is unavailability of a surgeon to do it young leading to a later repair. The other situation where the family does not want it repaired. ...Read more

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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?

Spina bifida: Repair is typically done at birth, a delay repair would be done with there are no symptoms and full thickness skin coverage over the defect. A repair at age 8 likely means the child was becoming symptomatic, most likely a tethered cord syndrome. ...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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What is the fastest way to get info on baby that might have spina bifida?

What is the fastest way to get info on baby that might have spina bifida?

Diagnosis?: If your question means how does one get diagnosis of spina bifida during pregnancy, a well-performed ultrasound can provide that information as early as the second trimester. Amniotic fluid can have elevated enzymes associated with spina bifida which requires removing fluid from the uterus & some risk. This is slower but provides complementary information to ultrasound in questionable cases. ...Read more

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I have spina bifida and am in desparite need of a urosurgeon preferably in illinois but i will travel.?

I have spina bifida and am in desparite need of a urosurgeon preferably in illinois but i will travel.?

Patient advocacy grp: Patient advocacy groups are often a very useful resource; others with the same condition share their experience and insights with others affected with the same condition.Try starting with http://www.sbail.org/clinics.html and http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.evKRI7OXIoJ8H/b.8029583/k.C4E9/Clinics.htm. Also try NIH website http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/spina_bifida/spina_bifida.htm ...Read more

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Are men with spina bifida less fertile?

Are men with spina bifida less fertile?

Maybe: It depends on the level of the spina bifida. Low lesions (sacral) can lead to loss of ejaculation. If the man is in a wheel chair, sperm quality can also be affected. Many treatment options are available with a male fertility specialist. ...Read more

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What causes meningocele / spina bifida?

What causes meningocele / spina bifida?

Genetics usually: Altho there is high correlation with genetics causing meningocele / spina bifida, drugs (especially chemotherapeutics) and low blood folate (folic acid) during gestation or abdominal / pelvic irradiation during pregnancy are known causes. ...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