Child's Nervous System

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 697–701 | Cite as

Double neural tube defect: a case report and discussions on neural tube development

  • Ravindran Vashu
  • Ngian San LiewEmail author
Case Report



Double neural tube defect is a rare congenital problem. A case illustration and current literatures on neural tube closure theory are discussed. The available theories are summarised and compared with regard to the case report.

Case report

A preterm baby with a parietal encephalocele and thoracic myelomeningocele is reported and management described. A two-staged surgery was performed.


The present case, the first described in Southeast Asia, appears to support a multi-site closure theory.


Spinal dysraphism Neurulation Multi-site closure theory Encephalocele Myelomeningocele 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sarawak General HospitalJalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi AdruceKuchingMalaysia

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