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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 35, Issue 8, pp 812–814 | Cite as

Pontomedullary disconnection: fetal and neonatal considerations

  • Emma McCannEmail author
  • David Pilling
  • Markus Hesseling
  • Devender Roberts
  • Nim Subhedar
  • Elizabeth Sweeney
Case Report

Abstract

The cerebellar and pontocerebellar hypoplasias present a unique challenge when detected in the developing fetus. A diverse aetiology and prognosis make counselling of these families difficult. Advances in fetal imaging allow for more accurate diagnosis and counselling, but postnatal MRI is still required. A case is presented in which cerebellar hypoplasia was detected at 20 weeks gestation. Later fetal imaging provided further information, but a diagnosis of pontomedullary disconnection was not made until the postnatal MRI scan. The clinical findings and possible causes of such pontocerebellar abnormalities are discussed.

Keywords

Cerebellum Hypoplasia Pontocerebellar hypoplasia Fetus MRI 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma McCann
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Pilling
    • 2
  • Markus Hesseling
    • 3
  • Devender Roberts
    • 4
  • Nim Subhedar
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Sweeney
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical GeneticsRoyal Liverpool Children’s HospitalLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Department of Paediatric RadiologyRoyal Liverpool Children’s HospitalLiverpoolUK
  3. 3.Department of NeonatologyLiverpool Women’s HospitalLiverpoolUK
  4. 4.Department of Fetal MedicineLiverpool Women’s HospitalLiverpoolUK

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