spina bifida occulta


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spina bifida occulta

[¦spī·nə ′bī·fəd·ə ə′kəl·tə]
(medicine)
An asymptomatic congenital anomaly consisting of incomplete fusion of the posterior arch of the vertebral canal without hernial protrusion of the meninges.
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Clinical consequences of spina bifida occulta, J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997; 20: 546-50.
Classification of dysraphism Cranial Open Anencephaly (and occasional encephaloceles) Closed Encephalocele; cranial dermal sinus Spinal Open Spina bifida aperta: myelomeningocele/ meningomyelocele Closed Spina bifida occulta
The detection of articular dysplasia and spina bifida occulta on imaging studies suggests a congenital origin of this condition.
Abstract: Failure to recognize the signs and symptoms of tethered cord syndrome in patients with spina bifida occulta can result in tragic consequences.
9-11,13,14] As an associated factor, spina bifida occulta occurs in 5% to 10% of the general population,[15] and all apparent increased incidence of spina bifida has been noted in patients with spondylolysis.
Spina bifida occulta is evidenced by a tuft of hair in the lumbosacral region.
Spina bifida occulta, or closed NTD, comprises a spectrum--from a simple midline defect of the vertebrae (that usually goes unnoticed) through to complex abnormalities where the cord is tethered to a lipoma.
The long and short of it was that I did not even know if my son had meningocele, spina bifida occulta or myelomeningocele and if it was the latter I didn't know how to care for the lesion.

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