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X-ray report - A spina bifida occulta is present at level S1 - what does that mean?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bone abnormality

Spina Bifida Occulta is a failure of the poster elements of a vertebra to completely fuse.
It is usually an incidental finding on x-ray. If however you are having bladder or bowel problems, consult your doctor.

In brief: Bone abnormality

Spina Bifida Occulta is a failure of the poster elements of a vertebra to completely fuse.
It is usually an incidental finding on x-ray. If however you are having bladder or bowel problems, consult your doctor.
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Dr. Bradford Landry
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Mild form

Occulta is the mildest form of Spina bifida.
Patients usually have no signs, symptoms or neurological problems. Can be found on X-ray due to a small separation in one of the vertebrae. Sometimes a small tuft of hair or other skin discoloration can be seen over the defect.

In brief: Mild form

Occulta is the mildest form of Spina bifida.
Patients usually have no signs, symptoms or neurological problems. Can be found on X-ray due to a small separation in one of the vertebrae. Sometimes a small tuft of hair or other skin discoloration can be seen over the defect.
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Is usually an incidental finding.
Dr. Howard Shapiro
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually OK

Spina bifida occulta is when the vertebra behind the spinal cord aren't completely fused together. When the overlying skin is intact (especially in an adult), there are generally no problems.
If you are having problems involving your bladder, sexual activity or sensation in your legs, see your physician.

In brief: Usually OK

Spina bifida occulta is when the vertebra behind the spinal cord aren't completely fused together. When the overlying skin is intact (especially in an adult), there are generally no problems.
If you are having problems involving your bladder, sexual activity or sensation in your legs, see your physician.
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Dr. Moshe Lewis
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: You will be okay

Occulta is Latin for "hidden".
This is the mildest form of spina bifida.In occulta, the outer part of some of the vertebrae is not completely closed.The splits in the vertebrae are so small that the spinal cord does not protrude.The skin at the site i.e.S1 for you may be normal, or may have some hair growing from it; there may be a dimple or birthmark. It doesn't cause symptoms or back pain in most

In brief: You will be okay

Occulta is Latin for "hidden".
This is the mildest form of spina bifida.In occulta, the outer part of some of the vertebrae is not completely closed.The splits in the vertebrae are so small that the spinal cord does not protrude.The skin at the site i.e.S1 for you may be normal, or may have some hair growing from it; there may be a dimple or birthmark. It doesn't cause symptoms or back pain in most
Dr. Moshe Lewis
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Dr. Gene Tekmyster
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Normal variant

Spinal bifida occurs when during embryonic development the neural tube which forms the spinal cord and surrounding bones does not completely close.
Spina bifida occulta is one of the more milder forms with really no significant complications. There are many stages and grades from mild to severe.

In brief: Normal variant

Spinal bifida occurs when during embryonic development the neural tube which forms the spinal cord and surrounding bones does not completely close.
Spina bifida occulta is one of the more milder forms with really no significant complications. There are many stages and grades from mild to severe.
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