Diastematomyelia and tethered cord

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Radicular pain.

Incidental finding of diastematomyelia. MRI done for radicular pain.

Case Discussion

Diastematomyelia (also known as a split cord malformation) refers to a type of spinal dysraphism (spina bifida occulta) when there is a  longitudinal split in the spinal cord. Although traditionally it has been distinguished from diplomyelia (in which the cord is duplicated rather than split) the term split cord malformation (SCM) is advocated to encompass both conditions.

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Case information

rID: 2737
Published: 19th May 2008
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
Tag: variant
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