Zoloft & Spina Bifida
Spina bifida defines a medical condition where the spinal column and the surrounding meninges are exposed to the exterior of the spinal column. This exposure can be minimal in the case of spina bifida occulta, moderate in spina bifida meningocele or severe in spina bifida myelomeningocele. In any case, the condition must always be rectified in some manner, typically with surgery.
Spina bifida is particularly physical in its deformity. Specifically, some of the bones of the spinal column, the vertebrae, do not fully form and thus do not fully encase the spinal column. Normal development entails a fusing of these bones. Without this fusing, a sac containing the spinal cord may protrude to the exterior of the middle or lower back. In the absence of this overwhelming evidence, other symptoms will include loss of bladder control, partial or complete lower body paralysis and enlargement of the cranial cavity due to water retention.
For the most part the medical community does not know what causes Spina Bifida, however studies have shown that certain drugs such as anticonvulsants, including the drug Depakote seem to increase the chances of this condition developing. Additionally, obesity particularly if diabetes is present seems to increase the risk.
Once the child is successfully delivered, it must be carefully tended as any minor damage to the exposed spinal cord can have far reaching effects. In addition, time is of the essence at this stage. The sooner that the surgical repair is made, the better is the chance for rapid recovery and optimal return of function. Further surgeries may be necessary to relive pressure in the cranial cavity or to utilize catheters or shunts. Antibiotics are routinely used at this juncture to avoid meningitis or urinary tract infections. While the surgical procedure can close the opening in the lower back, it cannot repair any damage done due to the original malformation.
Lifelong treatment and therapy will be required for most spina bifida patients. This care will range from simple physical therapy through assistance in routine sanitation to the insertion and management of catheters. There is significant support, however. The medical community will conduct regular examinations to identify any ongoing problems and actively prescribe remedies. These examinations will cover the entire spectra of developmental, neurological and physical problems.
Our Goal is to Help
Surgery in the 21st century has made it possible to correct the cleft spine condition known as spina bifida. This surgery corrects the most immediate problems. Inevitably, other, less easily-solved complications will arise. Loss of motor function, curvature of the back and the dislocation of the hip joints are the most common subsequent problems associated with spina bifida. For the patient's comfort, certain accommodations will necessarily have to be made. Nevertheless, with all these problems, there is no reason to believe that a long, productive and happy life cannot be enjoyed. Our goal is to provide a stable, balanced advice in the face of this adversity. Please let us know how we can be of service.