Second-trimester ultrasonographic diagnosis of segmental vertebral abnormalities associated with neurological deficit: A possible new variant of occult spinal dysraphism

Reuwen Achiron, Shlomo Lipitz, Dan Grisaru, Margalit Ranan, Jacob Bar-Ziv, Michal Berkenstadt, Boleslav Goldman

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Abstract

Sonographic evaluation of the fetal spine in a second-trimester, low-risk patient revealed segmentary, low thoracic vertebral abnormalities, including hemi- and butterfly vertebrae, resulting in severe fetal scoliosis with fetal paraplegia and bilateral club-feet. X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging studies of the abortus confirmed the prenatal vertebral findings in addition to rib defects and transection of the spinal cord. We believe that these findings which, to the best of our knowledge, have not been previously reported, represent a new variant of occult spinal dysraphism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)760-763
Number of pages4
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1996

Keywords

  • Occult spinal dysraphism
  • Ultrasound diagnosis

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