Child's Nervous System

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 343–344 | Cite as

Occult spinal dysraphism and Pacinian hamartomas

  • R. Shane TubbsEmail author
  • David R. Kelly
  • Elizabeth C. Mroczek-Musulman
  • W. Jerry Oakes
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The authors report two patients with occult spinal dysraphism who, following histological analysis, were found to harbor associated Pacinian hamartomas. One patient’s hamartoma was found in conjunction with their lipomyelomeningocele and the other was combined with a presacral myxopapillary ependymoma associated with a fatty filum terminale.

Discussion and conclusion

We review the literature and believe this to be only the third report of Pacinian hamartomas in association with occult spinal dysraphism. Although Pacinian hamartomas are seemingly rare in conjunction with occult spinal dysraphism, mesodermal elements are often found in this disease entity.


Teratoid Lipomyelomeningocele Filum terminale Heterotopias 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Shane Tubbs
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • David R. Kelly
    • 3
  • Elizabeth C. Mroczek-Musulman
    • 3
  • W. Jerry Oakes
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cell BiologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric NeurosurgeryChildren’s HospitalBirminghamUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineChildren’s HospitalBirminghamUSA

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