TITLE

Human Tail and Myelomeningocele

AUTHOR(S)
Lin, Pei-Jung; Chang, Yu-Tang; Tseng, Hsing-I; Lin, Jan-You; Huang, Yu-Sheng
PUB. DATE
July 2007
SOURCE
Pediatric Neurosurgery;Jul2007, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p334
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The human tail is rarely reported and is usually associated with underlying spina bifida occulta. A male newborn presenting a caudal appendage (human tail) with skin-covered myelomeningocele and tethered cord is described. Surgical excision of the human tail and repair of the myelomeningocele were performed 3 days after birth. After the operation, the patient had an uneventful convalescence and received follow-up at our outpatient clinic without any neurological sequelae. To our knowledge, no similar case report exists in the literature. Like other skin-related lesions in the lumbosacral area, the present case of caudal appendage with myelomeningocele is only a cutaneous sign of underlying spinal dysraphism since the skin and nerve system are related by their similar ectodermal origin. After excision of the tail and repair of an underlying lesion, long-term follow-up of the neurological status is warranted. Copyright © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel
ACCESSION #
25684210

 

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