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Adult Diastematomyelia

     Neville A. Russell, Brien G. Benoit, Andrew J. Joaquin and Nayef Al Fayez

Abstract:   With modern imaging techniques, various types of spinal dysraphism are being diagnosed in adults with increasing frequency. We report a 42-year-old woman with diastematomyelia whose symptoms characteristically were precipated by trauma. She exhibited other typical features such as a posterior midline hair patch and vetebral malformations. Metrizamide myelography with computerized tomography showed a bony septum at T11 with a cleft at T9-T11 separating two dural tubes each of which contained a single spinal hemicord. The septum was excised with complete relief of symptoms.

Can. J. Neurol. Sci. 1994; 21: 72-74


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