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I'm 22. X-ray shows spina bifida s1. I do not have a defect on my skin. I have lower back pain. I get the pain also right after workout. What can I do?

I'm 22. X-ray shows spina bifida s1. I do not have a defect on my skin. I have lower back pain. I get the pain also right after workout. What can I do?

Time for a checkup!: Spina Bifida may occur without any skin or neurologic complications. However, if your symptoms are severe or getting worse (progressive) then a complete orthopaedic evaluation is necessary. This may also include a CT or MRI scan of your back. In the meantime, you should cut back on the length or intensity of your workout to see if that may be a key factor in your symptoms. ...Read more

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Spina Bifida (Definition)

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

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. ...Read more

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Grade2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. Sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Grade2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. Sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Need surg consult: A Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis definitely needs to be evaluated and treated by an orthopaedic or neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery. You are just on the border of requiring spinal surgery, i.e. a fusion, with a Grade 2 slip. The inguinal pain may/may not be related to the back. Time to see your surgeon for an up-to-date evaluation ...Read more

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Grade2 Spondy L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. What would cause sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Grade2 Spondy L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. 
What would cause sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? 
GP palpation normal

Inguinal ligament: Maybe the ligament itself is injured? But there is no pain with palpation? It is not likely to be from your lower back spondylosis. That would be more likely to affect your feet and calves. Here is some info about the inguinal ligament: http://sportsmedicine.answers.com/other-injuries/injuries-to-the-inguinal-ligament ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Would Spina Bifida Occulta cause Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. Are they both related? Thanks

Possibly: Spina Bifida occulta is often an incidental finding when someone develops back pain and has an x-ray done. This is due to incomplete fusion of the spinous process. This area of the spine usually does not result in instability but if there were other defects, such as the pars, then this could result in the slippage you are describing. Discuss with your Doc. ...Read more

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I got this feedback from an X-ray. There is Lumberization of S1 with spina bifida occulata there is anterior wedging of the T12 body mild ddd at L5S1. Should I be concerned?

Lumbarization: of S1 is an anatomic variation, usually of no concern. Likewise, spina bifida occulta is a minor variant, usually an incidental finding of no concern. Mild "ddd" is mild degenerative arthritic changes at that level. T12 anterior wedging could also be an anatomic variation, or indicate prior compression fracture, would need to evaluate the xrays to try to determine which. ...Read more

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Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

No, the anatomical-: -variant has always been there & no need 2 worry. Also it has nothing to do with your complaints. It is usually found incidentally on X-rays. ...Read more

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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

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. ...Read more

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Is spina bifida hereditary?

Studies show that : the incidence of neural tube defects (NTD's) like open Spina Bifida would decrease by 70% if all women took 0.4mg of Folic Acid daily from menarche to menopause. However, this dose does not prevent NTD's in offspring of women with variations in several genes involved in folate (folic acid) & homocysteine metabolism. There are also inheritable genetic causes of NTD's that are not related to folate (folic acid) metabolism. ...Read more

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Who discovered spina bifida?

Although depictions : of people with Spina Bifida go back 12,000 years, Amsterdam's Dr. Nicholas Tulp named the disorder between 1618-1652. Dr. Giovanni Battista Morgagni an Italian, linked lower-limb deformity & hydrocephalus to Spina Bifida in 1761. Studies show that the incidence of NTD's could decrease by as much as 70% if all women were to take a daily Folic Acid supplement from menarche to menopause. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spina bifida?

What are the tests for spina bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is usually diagnosed by x-ray for MRI of the lower spine. In the new born it can also be done with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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How many forms of spina bifida are there?

How many forms of spina bifida are there?

Many: Embryonic development involves progressive closure of the neuro cord which becomes the spine. This closure may be slightly incomplete ( occult) or remain a cyst (meningomyelocele) or remain completely open. In some the pelvis and anus do not develop properly. Nerves to bladder, bowel, and legs may only partially develop. The brain may not develop properly, and hydrocephalus may develop. ...Read more

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What is spina bifida and how is it caused?

Congenital: This is a failure of the bones to fuse at birth usually in the lower spine. Sometimes the nerves to the legs and bladder are also malformed. So in effect, you are born with it. ...Read more

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Could my nephew have spina bifida if I did?

Could my nephew have spina bifida if I did?

Unlikely: Spina bifida (there are several types) is associated with some known genetic defects however the majority of cases are spontaneous and most cases are more likely related to folate (folic acid) deficiency during pregnancy. The general answer is that this is unlikely to occur in your nephew. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are all types of spina bifida?

Spina bifida: It would take a textbook to answer this question as they are many types and severity. In short spina bifida can be mild with no skin stigmata such as spina bifida occulta. To the more severe disorder where this is actual herniation of the spinal cord through the skin and muscle and again there are both mild and severe forms of this. ...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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