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Faun tail: a rare cutaneous marker of spinal dysraphism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21137628     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 10-year-old girl who was admitted to the urology department with complaints of urinary incontinence was referred to our dermatology outpatient clinic because of a congenital, circumscribed, hypertrichotic area on the lumbosacral region. Cutaneous examination revealed a circumscribed area of coarse, dark terminal hair measuring 25 x 15 cm overlying the lumbosacral area with normal underlying skin (Figure 1). There were erythematous macular lesions on the superior of the hairy area. The lesion had been present since birth, and no other family member had similar lesions. Her history revealed back pain and a long history of urinary incontinence. On neurologic examination, no motor weakness or sensory changes were observed. Babinski reflex was positive on the left. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings included diastematomyelia between T12 and L1 levels and slight flattening of lumbar lordosis (Figure 2). A diagnosis of faun tail with underlying spinal dysraphism was made. There was also urinary incontinence as late sequelae of spinal dysraphism.
Muhterem Polat; Fazli Polat; Pinar Oztaş; Canan Kaya; Nuran Alli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Skinmed     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1540-9740     ISO Abbreviation:  Skinmed     Publication Date:    2010 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-08     Completed Date:  2011-01-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101168327     Medline TA:  Skinmed     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  181-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
First Dermatology Department, Ankara Numune Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Back Pain / etiology
Hypertrichosis / etiology*
Lordosis / etiology
Lumbosacral Region
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Spinal Dysraphism / complications,  diagnosis*
Urinary Incontinence / etiology*

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