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Myelomeningocele: Symptoms and Treatment

About


Myelomeningocele is a type of birth defect in which the spinal canal and the backbone do not close before the baby is born, also known as spina bifida.


It is estimated that 90% of people with this condition live to adulthood.(1)


- Medical diagnosis required
- Laboratory tests or imaging are required
- No cure available, however, treatment can help manage symptoms
- Chronic: May last for a lifetime


The spinal cord and the meninges may protrude through the child’s back. There are three most common forms of spina bifida; they are spina bifida occulta, meningocele, and myelomeningocele.


Symptoms


- Exposed spinal cord
- Orthopedic deformities
- Fluid buildup in the skull that leads to swelling
- Structural defects in the brain, which affects overall functioning
- Problems in leg, bladder, and bowel function
- Partial or complete paralysis of legs


Treatment


Self-care:
Mothers should take a folic acid supplement before she becomes pregnant which is important in the development of red blood cells and is important for good health in general.


Medication:
There is no cure for myelomeningocele. The treatment usually focuses of relieving the symptoms. The following methods can be used:


- Surgical interventions along with antibiotics can help in protection from infections like meningitis.
- A shunt maybe inserted that drains extra liquid around the brain and reduces pressure.
- The child may need to wear braces that support the legs or main part of the body.
- A catheter may help in dealing with bladder control.


Specialists:
Myelomeningocele is a chronic disorder that requires regular interventions throughout life. Effective medication and therapeutic techniques can help manage the symptoms and improve longevity. At mfine, we provide a holistic approach to healthcare. Feel free to contact us regarding any guidance for all your medical issues.

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