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What are the tests for spina bifida?
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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Spina bifida
Spina bifida is usually diagnosed by x-ray for MRI of the lower spine.
In the new born it can also be done with an ultrasound.

In brief: Spina bifida
Spina bifida is usually diagnosed by x-ray for MRI of the lower spine.
In the new born it can also be done with an ultrasound.
Dr. James Goodrich
Dr. James Goodrich
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
In brief: Spina bifida occulta
If you are meaning spina bifida occulta, the main test are x-rays.
If there is a question of complications such as a tethered spinal cord, MRI would be the test of choice.

In brief: Spina bifida occulta
If you are meaning spina bifida occulta, the main test are x-rays.
If there is a question of complications such as a tethered spinal cord, MRI would be the test of choice.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Zachariah George
Neurosurgery
In brief: Depends
There are three forms.
Spina bifida occulta is the mildest and may go indiagnosed throughout life. The other two can be diagnosed on exam and with radiographs upon birth or intrauterine (meningocele and myelomeningocele). It can be diagnosed while child still in gestation via certain blood test and confirmed with ultrasound. Decrease incidence by taking enough Folic Acid before and during preg.

In brief: Depends
There are three forms.
Spina bifida occulta is the mildest and may go indiagnosed throughout life. The other two can be diagnosed on exam and with radiographs upon birth or intrauterine (meningocele and myelomeningocele). It can be diagnosed while child still in gestation via certain blood test and confirmed with ultrasound. Decrease incidence by taking enough Folic Acid before and during preg.
Dr. Zachariah George
Dr. Zachariah George
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