Diastematomyelia

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[edit] Discussion

  • Diastematomyelia is an uncommon congenital anomaly characterized pathologically by sagittal clefting of the spinal cord or filum terminale, with each half of the spinal cord being surrounded by a dural sac.
  • This disorder is usually caused by either a fibrous bony septum or an osteocartilaginous septum.
  • Diastematomyelias are most frequently found in the lumbar spine, followed by the thoracic region.
  • Some form of an associated congenital anomaly, or dysraphism, of the vertebral column is a constant feature.

[edit] Imaging Findings

  • Sagittal clefting of the spinal cord or filum terminale, with each half of the spinal cord being surrounded by a dural sac.

[edit] Images

Patient #1

[edit] See Also

[edit] External Links

Goldminer: Diastematomyelia

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