Child's Nervous System

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 202–207 | Cite as

Dermal sinus and intramedullary spinal cord abscess Report of two cases and review of the literature

Report of two cases and review of the literature
  • X. Morandi
  • Philippe Mercier
  • Henri-Dominique Fournier
  • Gilles Brassier
CASE REPORT

Abstract

Intramedullary abscesses of the spinal cord are uncommon. Most of them occur in association with heart, pulmonary or urogenital infections. We report two cases of intramedullary spinal cord abscesses secondary to congenital dermal sinus. Only 14 cases of such an association have previously been reported. In our cases, dermal sinus was associated with an epidermoid tumour. The clinical presentation, pathogenesis, magnetic resonance imaging findings, surgical management and outcome are discussed.

Key words Abscess Spinal cord Dermal sinus Epidermoid Magnetic resonance imaging 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • X. Morandi
    • 1
  • Philippe Mercier
    • 2
  • Henri-Dominique Fournier
    • 2
  • Gilles Brassier
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Pontchaillou Hospital, University of Rennes, 2, rue Henri Le Guilloux, F-35033 Rennes Cedex, France Tel.: +33-2-99 28 43 21 Fax: +33-2-99 28 41 80FR
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Larrey Hospital, University of Angers, Rue Larrey, F-49033 Angers Cedex, FranceFR

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