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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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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


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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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