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Yesterday I noticed I have an indentation on the back in the middle. Coule I have spina bifida?

Yesterday I noticed I have an indentation on the back in the middle. Coule I have spina bifida?

Maybe: But spina bifida alone is not usually significant. It is usually just a failure of the arch of your lowest vertebral arch to fuse and doesn't cause any permanent problems. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Smith
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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


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Grandbaby born yesterday with spina bifida.Has knee and hip movement and minimal feeling in her feet.Will she be paralyzed or walk with devices..

Grandbaby born  yesterday with spina bifida.Has  knee and  hip movement and minimal  feeling in her feet.Will  she be paralyzed or walk with devices..

Hard to predict: Even if future surgery/therapy goes well, it is hard to predict the eventual needs of these kids. Many walk with assistive devices early with encouragement but later abandon them for a chair to gain speed. Their best hope is a supportive family that works with them to do as well as they can. ...Read more

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What are the risks of not getting treated. When you have a S curved spine and spina bifida?

Depends type/locatio: This depends on a lot of information on the site of the scoliosis, the type, the angles, etc and invovlement of the spina bifida. See your physician and be referred to a specialist evaluate you ...Read more

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My baby has a dimple on the base of her spine that was there at birth. Can that be occult spina bifida?

My baby has a dimple on the base of her spine that was there at birth. Can that be occult spina bifida?

No: Spina bifida occulta is by definition occult, meaning there are no symptoms and is not a serious condition. Depending on where the dimple is, this could represent other more serious spinal problems. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have spina bifida and my lower back is tingling?

Paresthesia is the : medical term for tingling, prickling or burning sensations. It can be temporary, from pressure on a nerve or as nerves re-connect after surgery. It can also be from nerve damage from tethering of the spinal cord, attachment of the cord to the spinal column, in a child or adult with Spina Bifida. Your neurologist or neurosurgeon may order an MRI & other studies after clinical evaluation. ...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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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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Is it advisable for a 53yr old to have back surgery for spondylosis. She has possible spina bifida on l-1, 2&3. What are the risks?

Is it advisable for a 53yr old to have back surgery for spondylosis. She has possible spina bifida on l-1, 2&3. What are the risks?

Spondylosis: Spondylosis is simply arthritis. This is not a common reason for spine surgery. Now, if pressure is present on the nerves from the arthritis (spinal stenosis) that is a different story. Spina bifida shouldn't affect treatment, as it usually is the occulta (stable) type. I would try nonsurgical treatment first: physical therapy, arthritis meds, nerve blocks, & reserve surgery for failure of above. ...Read more

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I have spina bifida as well as other back problems and I am looking for someone to be my doctor and maybe prescribe me medicine for the constant pain I stay in?

PM&R: I suggest seeing a physiatrist (a physician who specializes in the treatment of physical medicine and rehabilitation) as they can work with you to develop an exercise regimen and medication (if needed). Hope that helps & good luck! ...Read more

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I am experiencing constant pain in my lower back a bit above the scarr where I had surgery for spina bifida. What could be the reason for this?

I am experiencing constant pain in my lower back a bit above the scarr where I had surgery for spina bifida. What could be the reason for this?

Painful Back Scar: Scarring from any surgical procedure can cause pain in both the short and long-term. In your case, I would be more concerned because spina bifida is a complex issue requiring long-term follow-up to monitor neurological function and any changes in spine pain and stability. If you haven't see a spine surgeon in a while, my recommendation is to get an evaluation with x-rays and possibly an MRI. ...Read more

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Is spina bifida occulta congenital condition? What are the remedies? I get bothering back pain at least once a year but does not affect daily activiti

Is spina bifida occulta congenital condition?
What are the remedies? I get bothering back pain at least once a year but does not affect daily activiti

Possibly: Spina Bifida occulta is often an incidental finding when someone develops back pain and has an x-ray done. This is due to incomplete fusion of the spinous process during development and is congenital. An MRI could be helpful to examine the spinal cord to see if there is and tethering. Discuss with you Doc. ...Read more

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Can cheerleading cause injury and back pain in a teenager with spina bifida occulta?

Possibly: Spina bifida occulta is a congenital skeletal and therefore musculoskeletal abnormality. It is more a predisposing factor, meaning some people will have problems due to it while others will not. Cheerleading is an energetic sport and involves a lot of stress to the spine. One should remain active but try to find activities that do not aggravate or predispose to pain. ...Read more

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8 year old with mild spina bifida. We just found she has 2 cysts on the sacral region of her spine. Can cysts be malignant? We are worried

8 year old with mild spina bifida.  We just found she has 2 cysts on the sacral region of her spine.  Can cysts be malignant? We are worried

Rare if ever: These are uncommon and usually represent surface cells incorporated in the formation of the cord called a dermoid. These are often just watched over time to see if they behave in a benign way. Removal is often problematic if located within delicate nerve pathways. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can scoliosis cause chest pain ? I had Spina bifida as a child and operated on when born ,walk slightly with curved back. Thankyou

Hi doctors, can scoliosis cause chest pain ? I had Spina bifida as a child and operated on when born ,walk slightly with curved back.
Thankyou

Neuromuscular : scoliosis causes chest pain. SB is a neuromuscular condition that causes muscle weakness, spasticity or paralysis, making them unable to support the spine, resulting in scoliosis. If not fused in adolescence, scoliosis can progress in adulthood. Premature arthritis of SB includes the spine & worsens with age. Spinal cord tethering can occur at any age. See your SB team for evaluation & treatment ...Read more

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Why is there squishy puffiness at the base of my spina bifida child's spine? He had a tethered cord surgery 4 years ago and it's around the scar.

Difficult to say.: It's hard to say without examining him. It could be anything from keloid to infection; please have his doctor see him this week. ...Read more

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Would the pain i am having in my neck cause issues with my spina bifida cause i have a lot of lower back pain?

Would the pain i am having in my neck cause issues with my spina bifida cause i have a lot of lower back pain?

Possibly: It depends on the type and severity of your spina bifida... did you have surgery? Did it cause any scoliosis or difficulties with walking? If so, you may have secondary neck pain from irregularities in your lower spine and the way you walk and hold your body. I suggest seeing your neurosurgeon, physical therapist, orthopedist, or who ever else has helped you with your spina bifida so far. ...Read more

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My son 13 years old, has spina bifida occlta @l5. He likes basketball, he got back pain after trainning. So can he play basketball?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida occulta is a very common finding on x-ray. Usually not the cause of back pain. Most common cause of back pain in young athlete is stress fracture of pars intetarticularis. Back pain in a less than 17yo is considered a red flag and should be investigated. The goal is to get him pain free and then return to the game he enjoys. ...Read more

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My 8 year old has mild spina bifida. her urologist found 2 cysts on her sacral part of spine. Waiting for neurosurgeon appoint. Need more info?

Spina bifida assoc.: Here is a link for loads of information and resources:

http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.evKRI7OXIoJ8H/b.8028963/k.BE67/Home.htm ...Read more

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Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

No, the anatomical-: -variant has always been there & no need 2 worry. Also it has nothing to do with your complaints. It is usually found incidentally on X-rays. ...Read more

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My 8 year old has mild spina bifida. A recent MRI shows 2 cysts on her sacral part of her spine. Waiting for neurosurgeon but just worried about them being rumors Etc. Can you tell me more?

My 8 year old has mild spina bifida.  A recent MRI shows 2 cysts on her sacral part of her spine.  Waiting for neurosurgeon but just worried about them being rumors Etc.  Can you tell me more?

Spina Bifida &: Spinal Dysraphism, "mild Spina Bifida", can be associated with syringomyelia, a collection of cerebrospinal fluid within the spinal cord or if cystic, a syrinx, sometimes without a Chiari Malformation (congenital anomaly of the cerebellum), hydrocephalus or a tethered cord. Both can also be associated with benign fatty tumors, lipomas. Malignant spinal cord tumors would be much less likely. ...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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Diagnosed w Spina Bifida Occulta: i been lifting weights for 2 years. started feeling soreness in my lower back. does squats and deadlift affect SBO?

Diagnosed w Spina Bifida Occulta: i been lifting weights for 2 years. started feeling soreness in my lower back. does squats and deadlift affect SBO?

Don't do it: there are many other exercise choices available rather than squats and dead lifts.

Strongly recommend that you increase your core strength/abdominals and this would greatly benefit your lower back. ...Read more

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I'd spina bifida, later 1y ago i have untethering due to swelling in the lower spine. from then i've leg weakness.age25 unable to walk,before able to.

I'd spina bifida, later 1y ago i have untethering due to swelling in the lower spine. from then i've leg weakness.age25 unable to walk,before able to.

Spina bifida: If you have progressive weakness and unable to walk after release of a tethered cord then return to see your neurosurgeon. There may be a new structural problem or you may need physical and occupational therapies to restore your ability to walk. ...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?

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