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2001-01-21-17 Spina bifida © Sleurs

Spina bifida

Elke Sleurs, MD*&, Philippe Jeanty, MD, PhD*

*Vrije Universiteit Brussel  and &Women’s Health Alliance, Nashville TN

This is a routine scanning at + 20 weeks of gestation. A large lumbar spinal defect, including 5 levels, was demonstrated.

Associated findings included an atypical lemon sign (more pointy then the usual lemon-shaped skull) and bilateral clubfeet, a common association. A banana-sign could not be demonstrated. There is also a  5 MB videoclip of the exam,

The spinal defect in axial sections:



The spinal defect in coronal sections:


The head:

The bilateral club feet:


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