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Malformations in the spine for newborn children - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Growth and Development in Children
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User :   hi
Doctor :   How can Ihelpyou
User :   this is regarding medi scan
User :   medi scan has obeserver (hemivertebra in lumbar region ) in my wife's Ultrasound
User :   is it curable
User :   u r there doctor?
Doctor :   Do you mean at the spine
User :   yes sir
Doctor :   Does your wife have any symptoms now
User :   this iswritten in the report
User :   for the baby
User :   baby is 29 weeks old
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Look at this stage it is very difficult to predict
Doctor :   about the future
Doctor :   anamolies
Doctor :   it a malformation of spine
User :   but if there is a problem for my baby . can we cure it
Doctor :   Most of the times it has no problems faced by the baby
Doctor :   and if there is a problem the treatment is conservative
Doctor :   that means
Doctor :   if the half vertebra causes any compression of nerves in the back
Doctor :   the could be surgeries to relieve teh compresions
User :   ok
Doctor :   Most cases of hemivertebrae have no or mild symptoms
User :   so its a possible observation and not a sure one . is that what u say doctor
Doctor :   Yes exactly
Doctor :   One cannot predict how it
Doctor :   responds after the baby is born
User :   also they say that long bones are short by 5th percentile
User :   what is this doctor . pls explain
Doctor :   that is ok
Doctor :   lack of blood supply is the cause of this
Doctor :   lesss bone growth
User :   from mother to baby ?
Doctor :   yes
User :   oh ok
User :   so there are many chances for my baby to grow once its born ?
Doctor :   come again
Doctor :   with the last question
User :   i mean growth wont be affected once its born , since the bone growth is less now ?
Doctor :   as I said the hemivertebrae has mainly four types of defects
Doctor :   each defect presents differently
Doctor :   and most f the times they may not have any problem at all
Doctor :   it also depends on how many vertebrae are hemi
Doctor :   the hemivertebrae wont grow
Doctor :   after birth
Doctor :   it is called congenital defect
Doctor :   This defect is present at birth and genetically based
Doctor :   Why this is caused in the womb
User :   that makes sense .
Doctor :   is because of lack of blood supply
Doctor :   to those areas
Doctor :   anything esle
Doctor :   i can asnwer for yu
Doctor :   Pl confirm yuor details
User :   do u have any suggestion to get rid of this problem
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User :   yes
Doctor :   Just nutrition and good follows up to the Obstetricain
Doctor :   the treating doctor
User :   ok
Doctor :   Pl fill the feedback form say done when done
User :   just one question . yes i filled
Doctor :   ok
User :   throacic circumference is in margin . is that ok
Doctor :   Still there is lot of growth left for the baby
Doctor :   it is still 29 week
User :   oh ok
User :   but there is no problem with any baby in both family in history . so it should not be for my baby also . is it ?
Doctor :   Follow up scans might be advised by your doctor
User :   yes
User :   4 weeks later
Doctor :   I can reassure you but everything is made clear once the baby is born
Doctor :   and dont worry still 29 weeks
User :   alright doctor . thank u
User :   thanks for that confidence .
Doctor :   thanks for consulting
Doctor :   bye
User :   sure
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