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

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Dr. Edward Smith
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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