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Cervical Spina Bifida Occulta

Hi all, I'm pleased to have foud this forum! I have a long history of both Lumbar and Cervical degeneration, but I will keep the topics seperated! 9 years ago I had 3 artificial disc replacement in my neck which has performed brilliantly until the last year and I now have considerable pain in neck, shoulders etc. My neck degeneration began in my late 20's and I am now 53. I had a recent CT scan that shows the ADR's look good still, but the disc above is poor and there is 'moderate' facet joint disease. What the scan also showed was 'non union of C1 vertabra'. Nothing has been mentioned about this in all my previous scans. It's clearly visible on the scan. Is this the same as spina bifida occulta? If so, do you think this could be the cause of the early degeneration of my neck? It's always been a mystery! My research suggests (if this is the 'occulta' thing) that it is very rare in the neck. I'd be very lleased to hear your views,thanks Deb


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
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  • Thanks. I searched bit cam find nothing about verbical,Spina Bifida Occulta. i understand that Lumbar is relatively common but in the neck very rare. I do hope someone can shed some insight. i'm still in a great deal of difficulty with my neck amd I do wonder if this could be the root of it all.
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