Effect of race and gender on neurological level in myelomeningocele

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1991 Feb;33(2):110-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1991.tb05089.x.


The association of race and gender with different neurological levels of myelomeningocele was studied in 251 patients. Over-all, the white to black ratio was 3.6 and the male to female ratio was 0.86. However, the proportions of whites and females were significantly increased in thoracic-level patients (white to black ratio 13.6, male to female ratio 0.43), whereas the lumbar-level patients had sex and white to black ratios equivalent to the area population. This supports the concept that thoracic-level myelomeningocele has a different pathogenesis from lumbar-level.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Black People*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Meningomyelocele / diagnosis
  • Meningomyelocele / epidemiology*
  • Neurologic Examination
  • North Carolina / epidemiology