Fecal Microbium Change in Pediatric Patients With Spina Bifida: Prospective Case-control Study

2019-12-05 00:03:03 | BioPortfolio


Purpose: In order to verify the hypothesis that the composition of intestinal microbiota in children with spina bifida is different from that of normal control, prospective comparative analysis would be performed.

Background of the study:

Spina bifida is a congenital neurological disorder, causing neurogenic bowel. It has been known that the intestinal microbiota in spinal cord injury patient was different than that of control. Changes in intestinal motility, mucous secretion, immune surveillance, and epithelial barrier permeability are possible causes of this change. As spina bifida is also related with neurogenic bowel, the investigators hypothesized that the intestinal microbiota in spina bifida is different from that of normal control.

Patients total 30 patients and 10 controls Inclusion for patients

Patients who meet following conditions:

1) Children over 3 years old and under 12 years old who have been diagnosed with spinal bifida with spinal MRI Exclusion for patients and controls

1) Children with known inflammatory bowel disease or cloacal anomaly

Statistical analysis Statistical processing for fecal samples is aimed at alpha or beta diversity using bioinformatics, and the Kruskal-Wallis test is used to compare similarities or differences between each fecal sample. Prior to statistical analysis, the relative abundance of the detected microorganisms is analyzed first, and microorganisms having a distribution less than 0.1% are excluded from the analysis, and the remaining microorganisms are analyzed in the 'genus' step.

Study Design


Spina Bifida


Department of Urology, Yonsei University College of Medicine
Korea, Republic of


Enrolling by invitation


Yonsei University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-12-05T00:03:03-0500

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Congenital defects of closure of one or more vertebral arches, which may be associated with malformations of the spinal cord, nerve roots, congenital fibrous bands, lipomas, and congenital cysts. These malformations range from mild (e.g., SPINA BIFIDA OCCULTA) to severe, including rachischisis where there is complete failure of neural tube and spinal cord fusion, resulting in exposure of the spinal cord at the surface. Spinal dysraphism includes all forms of spina bifida. The open form is called SPINA BIFIDA CYSTICA and the closed form is SPINA BIFIDA OCCULTA. (From Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1992, Ch55, p34)

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Hereditary disorder consisting of multiple basal cell carcinomas, odontogenic keratocysts, and multiple skeletal defects, e.g., frontal and temporoparietal bossing, bifurcated and splayed ribs, kyphoscoliosis, fusion of vertebrae, and cervicothoracic spina bifida. Genetic transmission is autosomal dominant.

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