Is meningocele and spina bifida the same thing?

Related terms. Spina bifida is a fancy way to say that a spine segment or segments did not close along their backside. Meningocoel is a term for the spinal cord & elements that would balloon out the back if the spine did not close and contain them. People often use the term to describe a similar process. The most common location is at the base of the spine, but both could happen in the neck also.
Yes. Meningomyelocele and spina bifida are an interrelated problem, in that all people with the former have the latter.

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What causes meningocele / spina bifida?

Genetics usually. Altho there is high correlation with genetics causing meningocele / spina bifida, drugs (especially chemotherapeutics) and low blood folate (folic acid) during gestation or abdominal / pelvic irradiation during pregnancy are known causes. Read more...
Usually not known. As with most cases of spina bifida, in most cases of meningocele, the cause is not determined. Although people likely have genetic predispositions, in individual patients, we generally never determine a cause. Recurrence risk is low, about 3%, so environmental and genetic factors are both involved. Read more...

Can there be meningocele in fetus without spina bifida?

Depends. This depends on how you define it. Meningoceles as they are commonly labeled originate anywhere from the neck down to the base of the spine and involve spina bifida. When a meningocele (bag of meninges) arises from the areas above the spine, it is more often labeled an encephalocoel because it usually has brain and meninges in it. Read more...
Bone defect. Form of spina bifida, meningocele, spinal fluid and meninges protrude through an abnormal vertebral opening; the malformation contains no neural elements and may or may not be covered by a layer of skin. Some individuals with meningocele may have few or no symptoms while others may experience such symptoms as complete paralysis with bladder and bowel dysfunction. Read more...

What are some treatments for meningocele (spina bifida)?

See or sew. If the meningocele is covered by intact skin and no neurologic deficits are present, maybe nothing need be done except to be careful about traumatizing the area (see). If neurologic deficits are present or overlying tissues are fragile or breached, then surgery is needed to repair and protect the area (sew). Consult a neurosurgeon for more details. Read more...

I was born with meningocele spina bifida. I want to have children now that I am married. Who do I see about that?

Obstetrics/Gynecolog. An ob/gyn dr. Should be able to assess your ovarian function, adequacy of your pelvis, and hormone levels. They will best be able to assess your ability to carry pregnancy as well as guide you through the process. Read more...