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Spina Bifida Spinal Cord Disease
No one knows : There seems to be an interplay of genetic and environmental factors that cause this disease. Women who have had one child with spina bifida, or who are obese or diabetic have an increased chance of having a child with the problem. It is known that taking Folic Acid during the fertile years decreases the chance of having this problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What causes spina bifida? Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury, or a chromosomal disorder?
Spina : Spina bifida is not an injury. It is a birth defect caused by failure of the nervous system to fully develop. When the embryo is forming, the nervous system starts out as a "neural tube" that is supposed to grow in a very specific way. If it does not, you are left with "neural tube defects" like spina bifida. There is nothing we know of that causes it for sure, but certain things make it more likely. It is more common with children that have trisomy 13, 18, or 21, but that is just an association, not a cause. They are very common, and the only thing we know of that might help prevent them is for the mother to take folate. The hard part about that is the mother has to take folate very early in the pregnancy, often before she even knows she is pregnant. That is why the all women of child-bearing age are advised to take at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid every day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Brother born spina bifida now 31 diagnosed with tethered spinal cord. Needs detethering how common/successful is it? Should he see dr in usa or sydney
Depends on symptoms: Neurosurgeons both in australia and the usa are quite capable of doing this. Practicality and logistics should dictate where it should be done. Success with detethering depends upon the symptoms that are present, and also the age at which symptoms present. Have a detailed discussion with the neurosurgeon, and perhaps get a second opinion. Choose one who does a fair number of these, at a sb center. ...Read more
I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago I have chronic back pain what can I do ?
Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a disease of many manifestations with the most common being a case of lumbo sacral myelomeningocele. This is a situation where the child is born with the spinal cord exposed in the lower back. This disorder develops during pregnancy and the use of folic acid in the diet has reduced incidence quite significantly. There are several good web sites that have info available. ...Read more
A few terms: Spinal muscular atrophy refers to a childhood disorder of motor nerve cells. Primary lateral sclerosis is a focal form of ALS which can involve spinal cord. Primary muscular atrophy is another term indicative of a varying location, within cord, sparing upper nerve cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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