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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Spina bifida occulta in humans is usually accompanied by various physical abnormalities such as lipoma, rachischisis, hair tufts, ectodermal sinuses, skin pigmentation, or diastematomyelia.
Spina bifida occulta: is it a predictor of underlying spinal cord abnormality in patients with lower urinary tract dysfunction J Neurosurg Pediatr 2008; 1: 114-7.
* Spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta) is a condition recognized in children of some Korea DMZ vets.
I recently had an x- ray and the doctor said I have spina bifida occulta. What is this and will I pass it on to my children?
This fact sheet offers definitions of the three types of spina bifida (spina bifida occulta, meningocele, and myelomeningocele), outlines their incidence, describes characteristics of individuals with spina bifida, and reviews educational implications.
Dr David Stone, a birth defect expert at Glasgow University, said: "Spina bifida Occulta occurs when the spinal column is covered by a lump which looks like a cyst.
Abstract: Failure to recognize the signs and symptoms of tethered cord syndrome in patients with spina bifida occulta can result in tragic consequences.
Patients involved in activities that call for repetitive extension and rotation of the lumbar spine, as well as those with spina bifida occulta, may be at risk for the development of spondylolysis.
In its mildest cases, there are no problems and the only way the diagnosis (spina bifida occulta) is made is when an x-ray of the back is taken.

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