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Who discovered spina bifida?

Who discovered spina bifida?

Although depictions : of people with Spina Bifida go back 12,000 years, Amsterdam's Dr. Nicholas Tulp named the disorder between 1618-1652. Dr. Giovanni Battista Morgagni an Italian, linked lower-limb deformity & hydrocephalus to Spina Bifida in 1761. Studies show that the incidence of NTD's could decrease by as much as 70% if all women were to take a daily Folic Acid supplement from menarche to menopause. ...Read more

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Spina Bifida (Definition)

A rare birth defect in which a developing baby's spinal cord ...Read more


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Chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida?

Depends on genetics: The epidemiology of this is different depending on your race and culture and where you live. So it is mostly genetic and also dependent on if you have Folic Acid deficiency in your diet. ...Read more

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New granddaughter has spina bifida intrauterine will she have paralysis?Dueaug@15 2013.Pulling on cerebellum.Sac@l4 l5

New granddaughter has spina bifida intrauterine will she have paralysis?Dueaug@15 2013.Pulling on cerebellum.Sac@l4 l5

Difficult to know.: The extent of problems after delivery will depend on the extent of the defect and if it requires repair after delivery and how successful that repair is. Hopefully specialist managing her case could give your daughter some guidance. If baby is kicking legs actively in the womb then there is a better chance baby will have reasonable function after delivery. ...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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Why do spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later?

Why do spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later?

Myelomeningocele: Usually the repair of a myelomeningocele is delayed several days after birth to ensure that the child is stable for surgery and to also get a better assessment of potential neurologic deficits. As an adult, some patients develop spinal cord symptoms from tethering of the spinal cord prompting a procedure to release the tension on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Old mom. Is closed spina bifida deformity a risk to offspring?

Old mom. Is closed spina bifida deformity a risk to offspring?

Is it simple?: Spina bifida includes a spectrum of anatomical problems ranging from the most severe (but fortunately rarest) called myelomeningocele wherein the coverings of the spinal nerve sac (dura & arachnoid) are absent allowing nerve roots to herniate sometimes through bony & skin defects to the outside world. Spina bifida occulta is most common & most benign-failure of 2 bones (lamina) to completely unite. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida.?

What are the chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida.?

Spina bifida: A woman who has spina bifida has a 1 - 5% risk of having a baby with spina bifida. Taking Folic Acid at higher than usual amounts for at least two months prior to conception will decrease the risk of having a baby with spina bifida. ...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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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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If my brother has spina bifida, will I have a higher chance of having a child with spina bifida?

If my brother has spina bifida, will I have a higher chance of having a child with spina bifida?

Yes but unreliable: As a true genetic link and/or mutation has not been established, we do understand that there is increased risk in a first generation relative with spina bifida. However, most spina bifida is sporadic and difficult to establish a risk. ...Read more

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Can women with spina bifida have intercourse and babies?

Can women with spina bifida have intercourse and babies?

Yes: It is possible for spina bifida females to become pregnant if they have regular menses and are actively maturing ova. The neural tube defect does not by itself preclude the abiltiy to get pregnant provided the endocrine function and uterus/ovaries developed normally. Their fertility should be the same as any other woman. Most important is starting Folic Acid at least 4-5 months before pregnancy. ...Read more

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What causes a prolapse uterus in women with spina bifida?

What causes a prolapse uterus in women with spina bifida?

Always an issue with: recurrent &/or chronic ?es in intra-abdominal pressure inducing the uterus to descend through the large bony pelvis opening through the pelvic diaphragm muscles which cross the opening, typically larger in women than men. Spina bifida may compromise muscle control/contraction. Study: both "Clinical Anatomy " & "Abnormalities of Pelvic Support" on glowm.com & other anatomy websites for some basics. ...Read more

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Can spina bifida occulta lead to tailbone pain problems in adults?

No: Spina bifida occulta by itself is an asymptomatic condition. However co-existence of other spinal anomalies can lead to back pain. ...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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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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How old does someone with spina bifida usually live?

Live into the Adulth: With modern treatment and medical care these children live into the adulthood these days. ...Read more

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Spina bifida occulta can this stop someone from doing cheerleading?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida occulta is a rather common finding on x-ray and is rarely symptomatic and i would assume in most cases not to interfer in cheerleading. ...Read more

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

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

Spina : Spina bifida is not an injury. It is a birth defect caused by failure of the nervous system to fully develop. When the embryo is forming, the nervous system starts out as a "neural tube" that is supposed to grow in a very specific way. If it does not, you are left with "neural tube defects" like spina bifida. There is nothing we know of that causes it for sure, but certain things make it more likely. It is more common with children that have trisomy 13, 18, or 21, but that is just an association, not a cause. They are very common, and the only thing we know of that might help prevent them is for the mother to take folate (folic acid). The hard part about that is the mother has to take folate (folic acid) very early in the pregnancy, often before she even knows she is pregnant. That is why the all women of child-bearing age are advised to take at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid every day. ...Read more

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Why is it that spina bifida patients have a myelomeningocele repair later in life?

Spina bifida: Myelomeningoceles are almost always repaired within the first couple of days of life. The exception to that is unavailability of a surgeon to do it young leading to a later repair. The other situation where the family does not want it repaired. ...Read more

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How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

No impact: Spina bifida occulta is manifested by a single defect: failure of the two laminae of a vertebra to achieve bony union with each other. Often times the spinous process is associated with one lamina. Rarely is the spinous process completely absent. The vertebra has normal strength, normal associated joints, ligaments, qnd disks plus no nerve root herniation or compression. Occult = symptom-free. ...Read more