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X-ray report - A spina bifida occulta is present at level S1 - what does that mean?

X-ray report - A spina bifida occulta is present at level S1 - what does that mean?

Bone abnormality: Spina Bifida Occulta is a failure of the poster elements of a vertebra to completely fuse. It is usually an incidental finding on x-ray. If however you are having bladder or bowel problems, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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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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I'm 22. X-ray shows spina bifida s1. I do not have a defect on my skin. I have lower back pain. I get the pain also right after workout. What can I do?

I'm 22. X-ray shows spina bifida s1. I do not have a defect on my skin. I have lower back pain. I get the pain also right after workout. What can I do?

Time for a checkup!: Spina Bifida may occur without any skin or neurologic complications. However, if your symptoms are severe or getting worse (progressive) then a complete orthopaedic evaluation is necessary. This may also include a CT or MRI scan of your back. In the meantime, you should cut back on the length or intensity of your workout to see if that may be a key factor in your symptoms. ...Read more

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My 14 yo son had an X-ray due to lower back pain and it showed spina bifida occult L5 , and mild wedging deformity T11 what does it mean?

My 14 yo  son had an X-ray due to lower back pain and it showed spina bifida occult L5 , and mild wedging deformity T11 what does it mean?

Birth Defect: These are birth defects that occasionally cotribute to back pain.Generally physical therapy is recommended.A pediatric back specialist is the proper specialist.Unless pressure on the disc, there is no neurological issues. ...Read more

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Pain! how to treat, chiro? X-ray shows spina bifida occulta@l5, grade1 anterolisthesis of L5 w/spondylosis, mild disc space height loss@l4-5&l5-s1

Pain! how to treat, chiro? X-ray shows spina bifida occulta@l5, grade1 anterolisthesis of L5 w/spondylosis, mild disc space height loss@l4-5&l5-s1

Too little info: As dr. Hines says, a neurosurgeon can help differentiate all of the above and provide you with the best treatment options for your condtion. There are many factors to consider- your age, how much spondylosis, pain location, duration, relief, exacerbation, general health, etc. See a neurosurgeon for some good answers. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Could spina bifida be causing my back pain? My doctor took x-rays of my spine and says I have a kind of spina bifida. Could that be what’s causing my pain? I’m 26. I thought spina bifida was a birth defect?

Not normally: Spina bifida can be seen at birth but it sounds like yours is a bifid spine which is the appearance of the spinous process having a bifid appearance. Classically this does not produce back pain and is found at times only when x-rays are taken. The source of your pain can be from other areas of your spine and require further work up, clinical examination and imaging studies and then treatment begun. ...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

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What is spina bifida?

Spinal cord disorder: The spinal cord forms as an open tube that starts to close from the middle out to the two ends. The entire closure is done by about ten weeks. If the closure is not normal than a condition known as spina bifida occurs. Open spina bifida is when there is an opening in the spinal column to the skin. Closed spina bifida is when there is an opening in the spinal column but it has a thin cover. ...Read more

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Do you deal with spina bifida?

Yes: Yes, but rarely. This condition is not common and as a family physician, i see only what comes my way. Spina bifida is usually approached in a team concept, usualy dealing with a primary care doctor (pediatrician, family physician or internest) along with physical therapist, neurologists, neuro-surgeons, physiatrist (physical medicine specialists) and a host of others. There are many issues. ...Read more

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What is spina bifida?

What is spina bifida?

Spina Bifida: Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spine does not close around the spinal cord during development. This may be as small as a small gap between the 2 sides, with no buldging out of membranes or nerves, & no associated handicaps, to a large defect with part of the cord exposed outside the body, leading to paralysis and other neurological problems. Folic acid decreases the risk. ...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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