Folic Acid and Preventing Neurotube Defects Video

Learn about the importance of folic acid consumption, and its role in preventing neurotube defects. Burton Rochelson MD Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstectrics ai NS LIJ Healthcare System DrMDK
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Dr. Rochelson: I want to briefly mention folic acid because this is actually one of the great achievements that medicine has done over the past decade. Neural tube defects are wholes in the spine where the spinal cord is actually through the vertebrae. And it is the second most common congenital anomaly in the United States. It has been found that we can significantly reduce the risk on neural tube defects by the simple use of folic acid which is like a vitamin around the time of conception. By the time the woman goes to the obstetrician it is too late for folic acid to work and so it is critically important that women take folic acid before they are going to start a pregnancy. In fact, probably all should be in folic acid and there is no harm in being on folic acid and this is one of the roles of the pediatrician and the family doctors. If my father was still on Marci Avenue, may he rest in peace, he would be hopefully telling to his women patients that they should be on folic acid. So all women, really at the child-bearing age should be on additional folic acid.

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