View Full Version : Spina Bifida Occulta

09-19-2007, 01:33 AM
We saw a new orthopaedic doctor this past Monday and while showing us our daughter's spine x-ray he casually mentioned that our daughter has a spina bifida occulta. He said "this is quite common - we see it a lot".

I have googled a bit to see what I could find on this and I have read some of the threads on this forum on this subject...... I am wondering if anyone knows if there is a connection between s-shaped scoliosis developing around 9-10 years of age (main curve the thoracic curve) and spina bifida occulta? Also, if there is a connection is there a treatment for the spina bifida occulta which would stop the progression of the scoliosis?

09-19-2007, 07:30 AM
My daughter too has a spina bifida occulta as well as her Scoliosis. Jamie also has Spondolenthesis (sp?). If it hadn't been for her Scoliosis, we would have never known about either one. I'm not sure if there is a connection or not, but Jamie wasn't diagnosed until she was 12 y.o.

Mary Lou

Karen Ocker
09-19-2007, 04:46 PM
I had a roommate, a registered nurse, with spina bifida occulta. She did not have scoliosis and ended up marrying an orthopedic surgeon. (And had 4 uncomplicated pregnancies). :cool: