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My wife was just diagnosed with spina bifida occulata (age 23). They said it's mild. Her tailbone hurts. What's the treatment for something like this?

My wife was just diagnosed with spina bifida occulata (age 23). They said it's mild. Her tailbone hurts. What's the treatment for something like this?

Usually nerve block: Condition occurs in 10% of population and is not serious, should be treated conservatively, usually nerve block injections. ...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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My wife was just diagnosed with spina bifida occulata (age 23). They said it's mild. Her tailbone hurts. What's the treatment for something like this?

PT: The spina bifida occulta, may or may not be related to her symptoms. It most likely is an incidental finding and unrelated. Tailbone pain (coccygodynia) is treated with pt, exercise and nsaids (ibuprofen etc). It is usually self limited. ...Read more

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Anyone know any new treatments of spina bifida?

Anyone know any new treatments of spina bifida?

Fetal surgery.: All interventions for open neural tube defects aim at preventing further neuronal loss and cannot restore damage already done. That is why fetal interventions can prove a major breakthrough in prenatally diagnosed cases: the fetal neuronal plasticity and ability to regenerate damaged tissues is such that a much better long-term outcome can be achieved. Http://women. Texaschildrens. Org/fetalcenter/. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for meningocele (spina bifida)?

See or sew: If the meningocele is covered by intact skin and no neurologic deficits are present, maybe nothing need be done except to be careful about traumatizing the area (see). If neurologic deficits are present or overlying tissues are fragile or breached, then surgery is needed to repair and protect the area (sew). Consult a neurosurgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Who takes care of adult spina bifida after you leave the children's hospital team?

Who takes care of adult spina bifida after you leave the children's hospital team?

Neuro/Ortho Spine: Some pediatric neurosurgeons will follow their patients as adults so check with them. You may need a team to help with bladder, orthopedic, and neurologic problems. For patients with chiari or vp shunts, they will need to see a neurosurgeon to be assessed for concerns for headache, numbness, or weakness. Get referrals from your pediatric providers if possible. ...Read more

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Can somebody with spina bifida who has never needed a shunt need one as an adult?

Can somebody with spina bifida who has never needed a shunt need one as an adult?

Maybe.: Yes, it is possible. Consult with a neurosurgeon if you would like more information. ...Read more

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Question for adults with spina bifida. Can they have loss of motor function or inability for orgasm if low?

Question for adults with spina bifida. Can they have loss of motor function or inability for orgasm if low?

Yes: Spina bifida oculta usually has no neurological deficit, norma, . 10% of population. Open & close spinal bifida usually will have motor and sensory deficit like para/quadriplegia, decrease sensation/orgasm, respiratory problem (due to chiari malformation. Intelligence usually not affected. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for spina bifida that restores nerves to the congenital defect?

Is there a cure for spina bifida that restores nerves to the congenital defect?

Nope.: All interventions for open neural tube defects aim at preventing further neuronal loss and cannot restore damage already done. That is why fetal interventions can prove a major breakthrough in prenatally diagnosed cases: the fetal neuronal plasticity and ability to regenerate damaged tissues is such that a much better long-term outcome can be achieved. Http://women. Texaschildrens. Org/fetalcenter/. ...Read more

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Hi, my nephew was born with spina bifida. His bowl and urinary movenents are not intact, no foot reflexes. Is there any way to cure this condition?

Hi, my nephew was born with spina bifida. His bowl and urinary movenents are not intact, no foot reflexes. Is there any way to cure this condition?

No: The damage to the spinal nerves occurred because of a developmental problem. There is no way to reverse this but there are many ways to make this a problem he can live with. Consult pediatric rehabilitation experts. Your pediatric neurosurgeon can direct you. ...Read more

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I've got spina bifida andi was wondering since I don't have much feeling, how can I get an erection?

I've got spina bifida andi was wondering since I don't have much feeling, how can I get an erection?

ED: Depending on the level and severity of your spina bifida, you may still be able to obtaing erections by several different methods: medications like viagra, (sildenafil) Cialis or levitra: penile injections, trimix or caverjet; vaccum erection device (ved), intraurethral suppositories (muse) and if everything fails, a penile prosthesis. ...Read more

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What's a good way for someone in a wheelchair to lose weight? I don't eat much but I have spina bifida?

Food and exercise: Choosing the right foods is more important than eating small amounts of unhealthy and "fattening" foods. Speak to a registered dietitian about the best foods for you. Also, if you can get into a swimming pool for exercise, that would be healthy and helpful for you as well. ...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