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Vol. 43, No. 4, 2007
Issue release date: July 2007
Section title: Case Report
Pediatr Neurosurg 2007;43:334–337
(DOI:10.1159/000103318)

Human Tail and Myelomeningocele

Lin P.-J.a, e · Chang Y.-T.b · Tseng H.-I.c · Lin J.-Y.b · Huang Y.-S.b, d
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

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Abstract of Case Report

Received: 12/28/2005
Accepted: 7/19/2006
Published online: 7/12/2007
Issue release date: July 2007

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 5
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1016-2291 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0305 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PNE

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.

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Article Information

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

  

Publication Details

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Vol. 43, No. 4, Year 2007 (Cover Date: July 2007)

Journal Editor: Frim, D.M. (Chicago, Ill.)
ISSN: 1016–2291 (print), 1423–0305 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PNE


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Case Report

Received: 12/28/2005
Accepted: 7/19/2006
Published online: 7/12/2007
Issue release date: July 2007

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 5
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1016-2291 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0305 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PNE


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