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Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury or chromosomal disorder?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No one knows

There seems to be an interplay of genetic and environmental factors that cause this disease.
Women who have had one child with spina bifida, or who are obese or diabetic have an increased chance of having a child with the problem. It is known that taking Folic Acid during the fertile years decreases the chance of having this problem.

In brief: No one knows

There seems to be an interplay of genetic and environmental factors that cause this disease.
Women who have had one child with spina bifida, or who are obese or diabetic have an increased chance of having a child with the problem. It is known that taking Folic Acid during the fertile years decreases the chance of having this problem.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Spina bifida

Neither this is a in utero developmental condition where the tissue that is suppose to move from in front of the neural tissue to cover the back and dosent make it intime prior to birth Folic Acid deficency has been implicated spina bifida occulta is an asymptomatic xray finding not to be worried about.

In brief: Spina bifida

Neither this is a in utero developmental condition where the tissue that is suppose to move from in front of the neural tissue to cover the back and dosent make it intime prior to birth Folic Acid deficency has been implicated spina bifida occulta is an asymptomatic xray finding not to be worried about.
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology

In brief: 1. No. 2. Yes

Spina bifida is usually the result of genetic defects, often compounded by maternal folate (folic acid) deficiency in pregnancy or certain drugs.
Spinal cord injury does not cause damage to the spinal column but damage to the spinal column can cause spinal cord damage.

In brief: 1. No. 2. Yes

Spina bifida is usually the result of genetic defects, often compounded by maternal folate (folic acid) deficiency in pregnancy or certain drugs.
Spinal cord injury does not cause damage to the spinal column but damage to the spinal column can cause spinal cord damage.
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