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What are doctors looking for during an amniocentesis test? Spina bifida?

What are doctors looking for during an amniocentesis test? Spina bifida?

Amniotic fluid may : be used for chromosome analysis when screening reveals high risk for Down Syndrome & other trisomies, Chromosomal Microarray to look for smaller genetic mutations &/or Alpha-fetoprotein level when fetal ultrasounds indicate a neural tube defect. 3rd-trimester amnios are done to test fetal lung maturity &, occasionally, to withdraw excess amniotic fluid. ...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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My blood test came back positive for spina bifida, does this means my baby will have this.?

My blood test came back positive for spina bifida, does this means my baby will have this.?

NO.: Increased msafp (maternal serum Alpha fetoprotein) is a marker of open fetal defects (spina bifida aperta, encephalocele, gastroschisis, omphalocele, amniotic band sequence, cleft lip/palate) and placental anomalies (accreta, chorioangiomas). The most common reason for a positive screen without prior ultrasound is wrong due date! relax, talk to your genetic counselor and get a detailed ultrasound! ...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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Can my child have a normal life with spina bifida? I just found out with prenatal tests that my baby has a severe form of spina bifida. He will most likely be paralyzed. I want to have him anyway, but i’m scared his life will be too hard.

No: With severe spina bifida he will if diagnoses as you have and an ultrasound confirms it then immediate surgery will be required to close the rural canal.Then dependent on the level this will dictate his functionality and his ambulatory capability. This unfortunately can not be diagnosed until birth, but he will have certain limitations and functional limitations in terms of use of his legs. ...Read more

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I tested positive for AFP in my quad test my levels were 1.484 what does that mean? What are the odds of my son having spina bifida or not?

AFP and spinal bifid: If the AFP is positive it is best to do an ultrasound of the fetus and if a spina bifida or myelomeningocele is present it can usually be detected by 18 to 20 weeks of fetal age. ...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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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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