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So what are ultrasound findings and symptoms of spina bifida?

So what are ultrasound findings and symptoms of spina bifida?

Many: Spina bifida, where the spinal cord and/or overlying structures do not completely fuse, can often be detected on prenatal ultrasound. Sometimes you can directly see the defect, such as a hole in the skin overlying the spinal cord. Other findings include the "lemon" and "banana" sign, referring to abnormal head shape. Ask your doctor about your risk of spina bifida based on your ultrasound results. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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What is diagnostic ultrasound like for babies with spina bifida?

What is diagnostic ultrasound like for babies with spina bifida?

Like others: The ultrasound is like others performed with more specialized views of the region of interest. ...Read more

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How accurate is an ultrasound in diagnosing hidden spina bifida in a newborn baby?

How accurate is an ultrasound in diagnosing hidden spina bifida in a newborn baby?

Pretty accurate: Depending on the baby's position and the ultrasound technician's technique, there is a good chance to pick up a myelomeningocele. Clinical suspicion will usually start with an elevated Alpha feto protein run by your ob/gyn. ...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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Is meningocele and spina bifida the same thing?

Yes: Meningomyelocele and spina bifida are an interrelated problem, in that all people with the former have the latter. ...Read more

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I have spina bifida and can I conceive?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a very broad spectrum of disorders. In most cases it does not prevent conception but if you have it you should have a prenatal evaluation to determine the severity of it and whether you might need to medications such as folic acid before conceiving. ...Read more

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What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

Skin covering: Spina bifida occulta, like open spina bifida, is a congenital malformation involving a problem with closing of the neural tube during development. However, there is not exposed neural tissue in spina bifida occulta. There can be tracts connecting the skin to the spinal cord, or lipomas or bands (tight filum) which can cause neurologic deficit. There can also be bony issues. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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