An atypical case of segmental spinal dysgenesis

Pediatr Radiol. 2005 Sep;35(9):914-7. doi: 10.1007/s00247-005-1483-x. Epub 2005 Jun 3.


Spinal segmental dysgenesis is a complex closed dysraphism. The diagnostic criteria are: lumbar or thoracolumbar vertebral dysgenesis causing kyphosis, focal spinal cord narrowing without exiting roots, deformity of the lower limbs and paraplegia or paraparesis. We present a newborn who showed atypical features of bifocal spinal cord narrowing, without any vertebral abnormality at the proximal level. This seems to be a variant of this rare entity, whose early diagnosis is important, as surgical stabilisation of the spine is required.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Spinal Cord / abnormalities*
  • Spinal Dysraphism / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Dysraphism / surgery
  • Spine / abnormalities*