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Vol. 49, No. 2, 2013
Issue release date: March 2014
Section title: Novel Insights from Clinical Practice
Pediatr Neurosurg 2013;49:89-92
(DOI:10.1159/000356372)

Congenital Dermal Sinus with an Infected Dermoid Cyst in the Cervico-Thoracic Spinal Cord

Lee B. · Jeelani Y. · McComb J.G.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Department of Neurological Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., USA

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Novel Insights from Clinical Practice

Received: 8/21/2013
Accepted: 10/10/2013
Published online: 12/14/2013

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 0

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

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Abstract

Congenital dermal sinuses (CDS) are epithelium-lined tracts that result from incomplete separation of cutaneous ectoderm from the underlying neuroectoderm. CDS may be associated with dermoid cysts and can cause complications by mass effect and by functioning as a pathway for infection. Cervical and thoracic tracts are rare, making up 1 and 10% of all CDS, respectively. We present an unusual case of a cervico-thoracic CDS with concomitant infected dermoid leading to neurological dysfunction. A 1-year-old male with a normal developmental history presented with a several-week history of progressive weakness. Previous visits to two outside emergency departments diagnosed the patient with acute otitis media. After another episode of fever and worsening of neurological symptoms, the patient was correctly diagnosed as having CDS with an infected dermoid cyst. Antibiotics were initiated, the lesion was resected, and the patient improved neurologically. Although cervical and thoracic CDS with infected dermoids are rare, one should have a high index of suspicion when cutaneous stigmata of spinal dysraphism are identified. Due to the risk of neurological deterioration, the recommended treatment of CDS with or without a concomitant intraspinal dermoid is prompt administration of antibiotics and definitive surgical intervention.


  

Author Contacts

Brian Lee, MD, PhD
Department of Neurological Surgery, Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California, 1200 N State Street, Suite 3300
Los Angeles, CA 90033 (USA)
E-Mail brianlee@usc.edu

  

Article Information

Received: August 21, 2013
Accepted after revision: October 10, 2013
Published online: December 14, 2013
Number of Print Pages : 4
Number of Figures : 3, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 7

  

Publication Details

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Vol. 49, No. 2, Year 2013 (Cover Date: March 2014)

Journal Editor: George T.M. (Austin, Tex.)
ISSN: 1016-2291 (Print), eISSN: 1423-0305 (Online)

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


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Novel Insights from Clinical Practice

Received: 8/21/2013
Accepted: 10/10/2013
Published online: 12/14/2013

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 0

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

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


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