Human Tail and MyelomeningoceleLin P.-J. · Chang Y.-T. · Tseng H.-I. · Lin J.-Y. · Huang Y.-S.
Departments of aNeurology, bSurgery and cPediatrics, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, dDepartment of Surgery, Faculty of Medical School, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, and eDepartment of Neurology, E-Da Hospital and I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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.
Dr. Jan-You Lin
Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, 100 Tzyou 1st Road
Kaohsiung, 80708 (Taiwan)
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Received: December 28, 2005
Accepted after revision: July 19, 2006
Number of Print Pages : 4
Number of Figures : 5, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 19
Vol. 43, No. 4, Year 2007 (Cover Date: July 2007)
Journal Editor: Frim, D.M. (Chicago, Ill.)
ISSN: 1016–2291 (print), 1423–0305 (Online)
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