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Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a very common nervous system disorder one may be born with. One may have a part of the spinal cord and the nerves exposed through the back of the body. It occurs when the spinal cord and the spinal bones that enclose it are not formed in the right way when one is inside the mother’s womb. With the spinal cord hanging out in the open, one may have problems due to nerve damage such as lower body paralysis, bowel and bladder incontinence, and malformed bones.

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I have spina bifida. How will the condition progress?

Query: Hello doctor, I have spina bifida, which is a slow degenerative syndrome. In the long run, what kind of deterioration will take place?  Read Full »

Dr. Solanki Chirag Natwarbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Spina bifida may progress to involve both legs, where one may develop tingling numbness and weakness. One may also develop urinary retention and overflow incontinence. Many times if there is associated cranial abnormality like Chiari malformation, then similar symptoms...  Read Full »

The X-ray reveals a cleft on the T12 vertebra. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is one day old and on an X-ray, it is showing a cleft-like appearance on the T12 vertebra. The hospital is telling us to follow up with an orthopedic. My question is what can this mean now and in the future?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The cleft can be just superficial or deep going up to the spinal cord. If it is superficial, then it will not be of a major concern. If its deep, then there can be tethering of the spinal cord or bifid cord which can lead to neurological disorders of the lower limb...  Read Full »

I have spina bifida occulta with myasthenia. Kindly help

Query: Hello doctor, I have spent many hours resolving many dysfunctions in my body. To tell you what I have self-diagnosed from a doctor's visit, and my X-ray of spina bifida occulta L3-L4 showed a lateral pelvic tilt right side which is higher, right psoas tightness, right external or internal oblique ti...  Read Full »

Dr. Michael Azari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have not seen you in person. It is difficult to know how you are affected by spina bifida occulta. This condition does not usually cause asymmetrical weight bearing. The multiple muscle weaknesses and tensions mentioned are not really separate conditions; they mean...  Read Full »

Why is there pain in lower back when I lie on a sofa or bed?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain in the lower back when I lay on a sofa or bed. When I stand, I have the pain in my back. This symptom appears only in the evening. It never happens in the morning or afternoon. I have taken X-ray and analytics. The results are: 1. SV 1 spina bifida. 2. There is a mild tilt of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms (local back pain when laying) could be related to the spina bifida. I do not think that there is any bulging disc or nerve compression. Anyway, I would recommend performing a lumbar spine MRI (magnetic resona...  Read Full »

What fertility problems do people with spina bifida have?

Query: Hello doctor, Do people who have spina bifida and have urinary and bowel incontinence also have fertility issues?  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that you are inquiring about spina bifida causing fertility related problems in humans. The nerve damage in spina bifida that affects urinary and bowel functions may also affect sexual functioning. It has been found that most males and females with spina bi...  Read Full »

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