Skin Abnormalities of the Back in Diastematomyelia

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Abstract

SUMMARY

The presence of congenital skin abnormalities on the back may be associated with a serious underlying spinal anomaly, diastematomyelia.

The significance of the progressive development of neurological deficits, due to the presence of a bony or cartilaginous spur in the spinal cord. is stressed. An awareness of this condition should lead to an early diagnosis with a neurological evaluation and, if necessary, probhylactic surgery before irreversible nerve damage develops.

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