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Spina bifida in Adult
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Spina bifida in Adult

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Synopsis

A neural tube defect where one or more vertebrae are not fully formed, usually in the lumbosacral region. The spinal cord and nerves develop normally. The etiology is multifactorial, and reduced maternal folic acid is associated with the condition. The defect is often visible on examination as a sacral dimple or tuft of hair overlying the defect. Most cases are asymptomatic, though there can be associated low back pain, leg weakness, or urinary dysfunction in severe cases.

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ICD10CM:
Q05.9 – Spina bifida, unspecified

SNOMEDCT:
67531005 – Spina bifida

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Last Updated: 02/10/2016
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Spina bifida : Paraplegia, Urinary incontinence
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Axial MRI demonstrating bony defect in vertebral arch.
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