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Later side afects of occult spina bifida?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Spina bifida occulta results from failure of the two lamina of one vertebra to make a solid bony fusion.
The defect is generally bisecting the spinous process vertically. No instability is present. No neurologic dysfunction is present because neural elements are not affected. But associated neurological problems which may be symptomatic are more common in association with spina bifida occulta.

In brief: No

Spina bifida occulta results from failure of the two lamina of one vertebra to make a solid bony fusion.
The defect is generally bisecting the spinous process vertically. No instability is present. No neurologic dysfunction is present because neural elements are not affected. But associated neurological problems which may be symptomatic are more common in association with spina bifida occulta.
Dr. Edward Smith
Dr. Edward Smith
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Most have no problem

spina bifida occulta means there is a small defect in the posterior portion of a vertebra.
In the absence of abnormalities of urination or bowel function, reflecting a tethered spinal cord, you should not expect any problems. these are most often picked up as an incidental finding in the evaluation of back pain.

In brief: Most have no problem

spina bifida occulta means there is a small defect in the posterior portion of a vertebra.
In the absence of abnormalities of urination or bowel function, reflecting a tethered spinal cord, you should not expect any problems. these are most often picked up as an incidental finding in the evaluation of back pain.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Eric Levey
Pediatrics

In brief: Back pain

Adults who were born with a simple spina bifida occulta are at higher risk than general population for back pain and spondylolisthesis.
Some patients are at risk for tethered cord syndrome, although most are not.

In brief: Back pain

Adults who were born with a simple spina bifida occulta are at higher risk than general population for back pain and spondylolisthesis.
Some patients are at risk for tethered cord syndrome, although most are not.
Dr. Eric Levey
Dr. Eric Levey
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