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Thoracic lipomeningocele associated with diastematomyelia, tethered spinal cord, and hydrocephalus. Case report.
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PMID:  17566209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Accessory human tails are uncommon malformations consisting of meningeal and neural structures and possibly occult spinal dysraphism (pseudotails). The thoracic location of a lipomeningocele constituting a pseudotail is very rare. The authors report the case of a young boy harboring a thoracic dorsal appendage consisting of a lipomeningocele and a dermoid cyst that was complicated by the presence of diastematomyelia, tethered spinal cord, syringomyelia, and mild hydrocephalus. The preoperative moderate ventricular dilation was decompressed by the surgical repair of the spinal malformation and required a specific treatment. The authors discuss the rare association of these clinical entities and conclude that complete spine and brain neuroimaging studies are necessary for the correct surgical planning of this kind of malformation.
Benedetta Ludovica Pettorini; Luca Massimi; Alessandro Cianfoni; Giovanna Paternoster; Gianpiero Tamburini; Concezio Di Rocco
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurosurgery     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0022-3085     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurosurg.     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-14     Completed Date:  2007-06-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0253357     Medline TA:  J Neurosurg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  394-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Catholic University Medical School, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue
Child, Preschool
Dermoid Cyst / complications,  surgery
Hydrocephalus / complications*,  diagnosis,  surgery
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Meningocele / complications*,  pathology,  surgery
Neural Tube Defects / complications*,  diagnosis,  surgery
Neurosurgical Procedures
Spinal Dysraphism / complications
Syringomyelia / complications*,  diagnosis,  surgery
Thoracic Vertebrae
Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt

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