Lipomeningocele

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Lipomeningocele

Lipomeningocele is a form of spina bifida occulta. Spina bifida occulta differs from the more common forms of spina bifida in that the defects of the spinal cord and/or spinal column are covered by skin. In lipomeningocele, there is a fatty mass extending into the spinal cord and attached to a tethered spinal cord, with no outer exposed neural tissue. The prevalence of lipomeningocele is 0.3 to 0.6 per 10,000 live births. It most commonly presents at birth as a fatty mass in the lower back, although some infants may appear normal. Patients may begin experiencing neurological deficits in early childhood, including weakness, numbness and back pain. Surgery can in most cases untether the spinal cord and reduce the fatty mass to improve outcomes.

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The terms "Lipomeningocele" returned 1 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Human tail associated with lipomeningocele--case report.
 

Author(s): S Matsumoto, T Yamamoto, K Okura

Journal: Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo). 1994 Jan;34(1):44-7.

 

A 3-month-old boy presented with a tail associated with lipomeningocele. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging clearly demonstrated the presence of spina bifida and lipoma continuous from the tail to the thickened conus medullaris. The human tail may be related to spinal ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Lipomeningocele" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Spinal cord tethering in myelomeningocele and lipomeningocele patients: the second operation].
 

Author(s): J F Martínez-Lage, A Ruiz-Espejo Vilar, M J Almagro, I Sánchez del Rincón, J Ros de San Pedro, M Felipe-Murcia, F J Murcia-García

Journal: Neurocirugia (Astur). 2007 Aug;18(4):312-9.

 

Spinal cord rethetering can occur after the primary surgical repair of myelomeningoceles (MMC) and lipomeningoceles (LMC) and produce devastating physical and psychological consequences. The inadvertent introduction of skin elements at the time of the initial surgery can lead to the ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Parietal lipomeningocele--case report.
 

Author(s): Shiro Yamashita, Katsuzo Kunishio, Takashi Tamiya, Takehiro Nakamura, Daisuke Ogawa, Hiroharu H Igawa, Yasuhiro Kuroda, Seigo Nagao

Journal: Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo). 2005 Feb;45(2):112-5.

 

A 2-month-old female infant had had a parietal mass since birth. Neuroimaging revealed a lipoma under the splenium of the corpus callosum that was connected to the subcutaneous lipoma via a bone defect in the cranium bifidum of the parietal region. At the age of 5 months, partial ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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