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What is the average life expectancy of a male with spina bifida?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends

It depends on whether we are talking about spinabifida occulta, meningocele or myelomeningocele.
If we are talking about myelomeningocele it depends on how high the lesion is and whether or not there is an arnold-chiari malformation in the brain.

In brief: Depends

It depends on whether we are talking about spinabifida occulta, meningocele or myelomeningocele.
If we are talking about myelomeningocele it depends on how high the lesion is and whether or not there is an arnold-chiari malformation in the brain.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Totally varies

With modern medical care many spina bifida children live well into adulthood, good urologic and neurosurgical care are the keys to survival.
Infections from pressure sores should also be minimized by close attention and relieving pressure. Milder sacral or low lumbar level patients will have less issues than high lumbar and thoracic.

In brief: Totally varies

With modern medical care many spina bifida children live well into adulthood, good urologic and neurosurgical care are the keys to survival.
Infections from pressure sores should also be minimized by close attention and relieving pressure. Milder sacral or low lumbar level patients will have less issues than high lumbar and thoracic.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Dr. Keith Baldwin
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