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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 definition or description of: Spina bifida?

What is the definition or description of: Spina bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a neural tube birth defect. It is causing defects in spinal cord & bones of spine. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spina-bifida/basics/definition/con-20035356 ...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?

Is meningocele and spina bifida the same thing?

Related terms: Spina bifida is a fancy way to say that a spine segment or segments did not close along their backside. Meningocoel is a term for the spinal cord & elements that would balloon out the back if the spine did not close and contain them. People often use the term to describe a similar process. The most common location is at the base of the spine, but both could happen in the neck also. ...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

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Sacral dimple could I have spina bifida, how to know?

Sacral dimple could I have spina bifida, how to know?

Wouldn't worry: If you are 43 years old and have not had trouble with it at this point, I would not worry about it. All that being said, an MRI is the test of choice to evaluate the spinal cord and neural canal. ...Read more

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Chiropractor thinks i might have spina bifida, what to do?

Chiropractor thinks i might have spina bifida, what to do?

Run away. Very fast.: As a neurologist, i'm here to tell you: Your chiropractor has no more real knowledge of the human body, health or disease than you do. i recently was an expert witness in a lawsuit about a case of critical compression of the spinal cord in the neck that left a man quadriplegic; & his chiropractor MISSED it. By a mile. Was ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS about it, even afterward! Go find a REAL doctor. ...Read more

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Nursing daignosis of spina bifida in neonate as pryority?

Nursing daignosis of spina bifida in neonate as pryority?

Do your homework: The site is not designed to be a shortcut to answer your homework. You need to read through your nursing texts, assimilate the information and come up with a list reflecting the jargon of your texts.Anything off the site will not fit your instructors requirements & they will know you took a shortcut. ...Read more

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Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury or chromosomal disorder?

Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury or chromosomal disorder?

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 more

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Need coccyx pain relief. Have an occult spina bifida down low and fell?

May be a break: Fractures of the coccyx can be painful particularly with sitting. May have nothing to do w the occulta. Get an x ray to be sure but if a fx can sit on a donut shaped pillow for relief. ...Read more

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Ongoing bowel and rectal problems due to occult spina bifida near coccyx?

Ongoing bowel and rectal problems due to occult spina bifida near coccyx?

Doubtful: Spina bifida occulta is usually just a failure of the arch of the most inferior vertebrae to form fully. It is almost never associated with bowel and bladder dysfunction. That being said, if you are suspicious with persistent symptoms, see your family md for evaluation and possibly an MRI to rule this out. ...Read more

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Information that can be helpful? Spina bifida occulta risk in babies if mom has it

Information that can be helpful? Spina bifida occulta risk in babies if mom has it

5-10 x greater: Spina bifida occulta is a common condition occurring in 10-20% of normal healthy people with the most frequently seen form is harmless. The "less common" forms of spina bifida occulta affect the spinal cord & have potential health consequences. Risk of recurrence (mother-parent) is 5-10 times greater than the gen. Population. Seek genetic counseling/medical follow up. Consume Folic Acid daily .4mg. ...Read more

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Is occult spina bifida inherited? Mom and i both have dimple on lower back. Mine shows up on xray.

Is occult spina bifida inherited? Mom and i both have dimple on lower back. Mine shows up on xray.

Spina Bifida Occulta: There is genetic basis for the disorder, but most likely interaction of multiple genes as well as environmental factors such as Folic Acid deficiency in the pregnant mother. If mother had 1 child with sbo, there is 3% chance that her second child will have sbo. This risk can be reduced to 1% if mother takes high dose Folic Acid at 4mg. Daily, before & during pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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


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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