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What's the difference between spinal bifida and spinal bifida occulta?

What's the difference between spinal bifida and spinal bifida occulta?

Type of spina bifida: The mildest form of spina bifida is spina bifida occulta and is a small separation or gap in one or more of the vertebral bones of the spine. Most people with spina bifida occulta have no signs or symptoms because their spinal nerves are undamaged. Signs sometimes occur in the skin on top of the spinal defect, such as a clump of hair, a dimple, a birthmark, or a lump of fat. ...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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Having just been diagnosed with spinal bifida occulta at 24, i was wondering if there are certain careers to avoid?

Having just been diagnosed with spinal bifida occulta at 24, i was wondering if there are certain careers to avoid?

Not really: This is almost always asymptomatic. Most frequently incidentally diagnosed. I don't think you would need to worry about most careers. But that being said, not all spina bifida occulta looks the same an it may have some associated bony abnormalities that may restrict your activity (pars defects, spondylisthesis etc.) consult with your doctor. All the best! ...Read more

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I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago I have chronic back pain what can I do ?

I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago I have chronic back pain what can I do ?

Talk to surgeon: There are various options for the treatment of chronic back pain, however, you might want to check with your surgeon and get their opinion. ...Read more

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What is spinal bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a general anatomical term used to describe maldevelopments in the lumbo-sacral region and more rarely in the neck and back. It is a situation were the bones of the spine, in particular the lamina that do not fully form and there can be many variations of spina bifida. ...Read more

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Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Unlikely: When was the spinal tap done? In utero? Later in life? It is unlikely. Spina bifida is usually the result of a cellular migration disorder and not from a spinal tap. ...Read more

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Whats wrong with me if spina bifida occulta?

Abnormal bone: Spina bifida occulta is when the back part of the individual vertebrae is not fused together. It is the mildest form of spina bifida, and many may have it and never know it. It is only of significance if having spine surgery then the surgeon needs to know its there. ...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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What is a good type of mattress for spina bifida occulta?

Spina bifida is usua: lly is an incidental finding on x-rays & is an asymptomatic condition. If U have back pain it would B from another condition. As far as mattresses R concerned, U have 2 decide by trying different types. Everyone has a different preference. ...Read more

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What exercises are beneficial with for spina bifida occulta?

What exercises are beneficial with for spina bifida occulta?

Paraspinous strength: Isometric exercises to strengthen the paraspinous muscles. Swimming is excellent. ...Read more

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Could I have spina bifida occulta and not know it for years?

Certainly: Most people with spina bifida occulta are unaware of hteir condition and do not have any symptoms from this. Most of the time it doesn't cause any problems. ...Read more