I have spina bifida occulta diagnosed as teen; could it get worse?

Probably not. Spina bifida occulta is the mildest type of spina bifida. So long as you do not have a tethered cord, it will probably not become worse.

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If you have spina bifida occulta at age 16, could it get worse with age, or is it very stable?

Spina Bifida. Spine bifida occulta is present when there is a cleft between the left and right components of the spine usually at the L5 level. Most of the time there are no symptoms but this process can be associated with alignment problems of the spine and coupled with expected degeneration of the spine, can become unstable or symptomatic later in life. Read more...
Don't worry. This is a very common x-ray finding noted in about 22% of the population and is known as an incidental finding with no bearing on any stability issues and is asymptomatic meaning it does not cause pain. It also does not change over time. It can be associated with spondylolithesis and some transitional vertebra or base of spine anatomy variants that may alter spinal mechanics and cause pain. Read more...

Is spina bifida occulta congenital condition? What are the remedies? I get bothering back pain at least once a year but does not affect daily activiti

Possibly. Spina Bifida occulta is often an incidental finding when someone develops back pain and has an x-ray done. This is due to incomplete fusion of the spinous process during development and is congenital. An MRI could be helpful to examine the spinal cord to see if there is and tethering. Discuss with you Doc. Read more...

Could I have spina bifida occulta and not know it for years?

Certainly. Most people with spina bifida occulta are unaware of hteir condition and do not have any symptoms from this. Most of the time it doesn't cause any problems. Read more...

I'm 37 years old have spina bifida occulta which has never really caused much grief except for kidney failure now have numbpatch on leg, tethered cord?

Not likely. A tethered cord may be a problem during periods of rapid growth during childhood. As an adult, it is very unlikely to start causing a problem. Minor numbness is common in normal persons and may be a trapped or pinched nerve. Tight clothing may be a cause or pelvic problems including inflammation of kidney or uterus or ovaries, etc. Discuss this with your doctor. May need pelvic ultrasound. Read more...

Whats wrong with me if spina bifida occulta?

Maybe nothing. The term occulta means that the finding was an incidental discovery during x-ray of your spine. It can be a normal variant with no clinical significance. Or - it could be associated with bladder problems, constipation, and tendency for pain in buttocks area. It can be associated with tethered cord. Read more...
Abnormal bone. Spina bifida occulta is when the back part of the individual vertebrae is not fused together. It is the mildest form of spina bifida, and many may have it and never know it. It is only of significance if having spine surgery then the surgeon needs to know its there. Read more...

What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

Skin covering. Spina bifida occulta, like open spina bifida, is a congenital malformation involving a problem with closing of the neural tube during development. However, there is not exposed neural tissue in spina bifida occulta. There can be tracts connecting the skin to the spinal cord, or lipomas or bands (tight filum) which can cause neurologic deficit. There can also be bony issues. Read more...