What chromosome does Spina Bifida affect?
From all I have read and studied (I am a 2nd semester senior nursing student at a major university) Spina Bifida is not so much a chromosomal defect as a neural defect caused by a lack of folic acid during the very early stages of pregnancy.
This is why women who wish to get pregnant are encouraged to begin taking folic acid BEFORE they actually get pregnant.
A person who has Spina Bifida can get "high" from marijuana just like a person who does not have Spina Bifida. A child in the womb may be affected by marijuana, but the specific affect that might have on an unborn child who is known to have Spina Bifida is unknown. A child with Spina Bifida cannot always move their body well, so any exposure to smoke of any kind could possibly have worse effects…
No, there is no connection between Spina Bifida (a birth defect affecting the spine) and Scheuermann's Disease. Although a person with Spina Bifida may also have kyphosis (a curving of the spine that causes a bowing of the back), that does not mean that Spina Bifida is related to Scheuermann's Disease. They are two different conditions that affect the spine.
Spina Bifida will usually require multiple surgeries in childhood, and the use of crutches and braces or a wheelchair, as well as a structured program for bowel and urinary elimination. Some children with Spina Bifida will require a shunt, which is a tube for draining excess cerebrospinal fluid from the brain. Some children with Spina Bifida will have learning disabilities, but not all do.
Spina Bifida can affect the family, because the person that has it is most likely going to have a shorter life span. It also might affect them because they have to take care of the person, and watch them be disabled. Spina Bifida no longer is necessarily going to affect the lifespan. There are treatments for it now that can give the person a normal lifespan. They may need help in some ways from the…