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Monday, July 14, 2008

Spina Bifida

Have u ever seen a newborn baby who has this kind of " buldging" defect near the ass ? Nope, that is not some kind of gel or black pepper sauce spilled on the baby - this is what we called the spina bifida. Spina Bifida is a birth defect due to do incomplete closure of the embryonic neural tube - which caused incomplete formation of the spinal tube

there are a 3types of spina bifida - 1. spina bifida occulata, 2. spina bifida cystica , 3. spina bifida meningocele

The most common location of the malformations is the lumbar and sacral areas of the spinal cord. The lumbar nerves control the muscles in the hip, leg, knee and foot, and help to keep the body erect. The sacral nerves control some of the muscles in the feet, bowel and urinary bladder, and the ability to have an erection. Some degree of impairment can be expected in these areas, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis, absence of skin sensation, and poor or absent bowel and/or bladder control as well as curvature of the spine (scoliosis) (depending on the severity and location of the lesion damage on the spine). Although these individuals are rarely mentally retarded, in most cases there are cognitive problems.


The treatment -unfortunately, there's no cure for the nerve damage caused by the spina bifida. But the the bulging sac can be fixed by the surgeon. The sac can be put inside back into the body.

Since the spina bifida is a congenital birth defect , the prevention method must start during early pregnancy. Dietary supplement of folic acid proved to be helpful. So, to future mommies... eat more whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, dried beans, leaf vegetables and fruits.

7 comments:

Ceera said...

ye dr.. sya akan makan apa yang dr cakap tu...

kesiannya baby tu...

Faizah said...

pity baby..
ok doc..pesanan itu amat berguna..

pearlEJ said...

tq..tq... panduan berguna tu.. mana la tau kot2 ujung taun ni ada rezeki kann... :p

[LADYKiKi] said...

lorhh ciannye..

iyaya.. t doc atur pemakanan saye ye.. wahahaha~

zeti said...

thanks doc for the info :)

PHATABULOUS! said...

ngeri jugak...

mummysyafie said...

akak nyer niece ada kes macam ni la nan..baru wat operation early tiz year..tpai kat blkg dia tu kecik je lah..sebasar biji golf..

past operate masih ada gak..doc cuma buang yang kat dalam tu..kat luar dier tak usik.