Diastematomyelia : cervical spine

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Case Discussion

MRI demonstrates a split cord with a fibrous / bony bar passing obliquely from front to back through the defect. Features are characteristic of diastematomyelia of the cervical cord

This patient has had numerous operations on their cervical spine. Some of the fusion may therefore be post operative, although the notes refer to Klipple Fiel syndrome, thus some / all must also be congenital.

Diastematomyelia is frequently associated with fusion abnormality. Fusion of adjacent lamina is said to be pathognomonic ref needed.

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Case information

rID: 5469
Published: 26th Jan 2009
Last edited: 16th Mar 2016
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