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European Radiology

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 477–479 | Cite as

Cervical diastematomyelia and syringohydromyelia in a myelomeningocele patient

  • H. J. Jaeger
  • A. Schmitz-Stolbrink
  • K. D. Mathias
Case report

Abstract.

A case of cervical diastematomyelia and syringohydromyelia in a 16-year-old female myelomeningocele patient is reported. Progressive weakness of the upper extremity led to an MR examination of the brain and spine, which revealed hydrocephalus, Chiari II malformation, cervical diastematomyelia with a syringohydromyelic cavity in each hemicord and a large dural sac in the lumbar region. Operative therapy consisted of detethering and shunting of the two syringes. Soon after surgery her symptoms improved. The need for early complete MR imaging of myelomeningocele patients presenting with new symptoms is emphasized.

Key words: Diastematomyelia Syringohydromyelia Myelomeningocele Magnetic resonance 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Jaeger
    • 1
  • A. Schmitz-Stolbrink
    • 1
  • K. D. Mathias
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, City Hospital Dortmund, Beurhausstrasse 40, D-44 137 Dortmund, GermanyDE

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