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Lateral thoracic meningocele

Case contributed by Dr Amr Farouk


30-year-old male patient presenting with back pain and scoliosis.

Patient Data

Age: 30 year old
Gender: Male

Upper dorsal kyphoscoliosis being convex to the right with T3-T5 left lateral thoracic meningocele. The lateral expansion of meningocele through left T3/4 and T4/5 foramina with a circumferential dural envelope and scalloping of the posterior aspect of the aforementioned vertebrae.The spinal cord is displaced anteriorly and to the left side. No entrapped fat could be seen. The lateral thoracic meningoecle is seen sagging the left upper lung.

No lumbar spinal dysraphism. Conus tapers normally at L1.

No stigmata of NF-1 or Marfan syndrome.

Mild left pleural effusion.

Case Discussion

Findings of lateral thoracic meningocele. Lateral thoracic meningocele is a type of spinal meningocele resulting from herniation of the meninges through a foramen or a defect in the vertebral column. They are typically associated with neurofibromatosis type I but can occur in isolation.

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Case information

rID: 58482
Published: 19th Feb 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: National cancer institute, Cairo, Egypt

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