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Not spina bifida. It is a birth defect. But you can become a paraplegic and lose the use of your legs. Spina bifida is caused most often by lack of vitamin B and probably by being exposed to certain drugs and alcohol in the womb.

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Can someone with Spina Bifida have a normal pregnancy?

Yes a person with spina bifida can have a normal birth. I have spina bifida and had a healthy boy at the age of 24 years.

What age and gender is usually affected by Spina Bifida?

Spina Bifida is a birth defect, so the "age" question is answered simply by "all ages of people". Spina Bifida occurs in both genders, but is more common in females.

What age group is affected by spina bifida?

Spina Bifida is a birth defect, which means it affects people all their lives, they are born with it.

Your child can't urinate due to Spina Bifida but was able to urinate from 1 month of age till now Why now she can't urinate?

There can be progressive nerve damage in Spina Bifida shortly after birth.

Can spina bifida kill you?

There is reduced life expectancy associated withthe most severe form of spina bifida, called spina bifida cystica - myelomeningocele, which means that some part of the actual spinal cord is poking up through the skin of the back. However, with improved treatments, 75% of these individuals are living into early adulthood (but some are living into middle age, and even old age!).

Can Spina Bifida cause rheumatoid arthritis?

The exact cause for Rheumatoid arthritisis not known however there seems to be no known connection between Spina Bifida and Rheumatoid arthritis. Spina Bifida seems to be caused by a deficiency of folic acid during pregnancy, while arthritis is an auto-immune disease. As people age, though, they are prone to developing arthritis in overused joints.

What are the morbidity and mortality rates for children with spina bifida?

about 85% of infants survive, and about 50% will be able to walk. Bowel and bladder disorders contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality in those with spina bifida who survive past the age of two years.

Where in the genes is the spina bifida located?

Spina Bifida is not located in any gene. Spina bifida is not a genetically inherited disorder. There are people or families that are more likely to have a child with spina bifida because of their environment. They are more likely to eat certain foods than others because that's what their parents cooked and that's what they know how to cook or that's what they have to eat. Spina bifida is caused by a lack of folic acid (folate). Folate neutralizes valproic acid which is the biggest indicator for spina bifida. In other words, we don't know why but if there are higher than normal levels of valproic acid in your body in the first 15-26 days after conception, your chances of having a child with spina bifida go up. The only way to prevent it is for women of child bearing age to take a multivitamin with folate everyday even if they are not trying to conceive. Most women don't know they're pregnant when the defect occurs.

Is there any way to detect a carrier of Spina Bifida?

If a woman has already given birth to a child with Spina Bifida or another neural tube defect, she has a greater chance of giving birth to another child with a neural tube defect, such as Spina Bifida. There is no other way, other than the existence of a child with Spina Bifida in the family, of knowing the likelihood of it happening again, other than that it is known that if a mother has a deficiency in folic acid, that increases her chances of having a baby with Spina Bifida or another neural tube defect. That is why women of childbearing age are encouraged to take a folic acid supplement if they ever plan on becoming pregnant.

What is the connection between spina bifida and folic acid?

Spina Bifida is an NTD (Neural Tube Defect) affecting the spinal column/cord. Folic Acid, also known as Vitamin B9 is known to help the develop the neural tube (spinal cord and brain) during fetal development. Women of child rearing age who are trying to get pregnant/are pregnant are encouraged to take higher than normal quantities of Folic Acid to help reduce the chances that their baby could have spina bifida. Women should start taking the higher dose at least 3 months before getting pregnant and then throughout their pregnancy, this is especially important for women who have a family history of spina bifida or have spina bifida themselves.

Why is low foliate intake of particular concern for women of child bearing age?

Low foliate intake in pregnancy is a particular concern since it is highly associated with an increased risk of the foetus developing Spina Bifida.

What does the Spina Bifida Association of America recommend childbearing women do?

all women of childbearing age take 0.4 mg of folic acid daily, as this amount has been shown to decrease the likelihood of neural tube defects.

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