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2007-10-29-04 Spina bifida, thoraco-lumbar © Sanchez
Spina bifida, thoraco-lumbar

Marcos Antonio Velasco Sanchez, MD, Hilario Conda Moreno, MD; Arturo Sandoval Slagado, MD; Gustavo Garzon Sanchez, MD; Oliver Reyes Avila, MD.

Hospital General de la S.S.A. Acapulco,Guerrero, Mexico. Hospital General de la S.S.A., Ayutla, Guerrero, Mexico. Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autonoma de Guerrero, Mexico. Instituto Mexicano de Diagnostico por Imagen,CampusAcapulco, Mexico.

This is a 42-year-old primigravida, G4P3, referred to our centre at 38th week of pregnancy due to a suspected hydrocephalus and a choroid plexus cyst.  Our examination revealed a large cystic mass at the level of the thoraco-lumbar spinal region concordant with the spina bifida accompanied with the dilatation of the cerebral ventricles of the fetus. The baby was delivered at 38th week.

Images 1, 2: 38th week of pregnancy; transverse scans of the fetal skull show dilated cerebral ventricles.


Images 3, 4: 38th week of pregnancy; transverse (image 3) and sagittal (image 4) of the thoraco-lumbar region of the fetal spine showing the spina bifida.


Images 5, 6: Postnatal appearance of the neonate with the thoracolumbar spinal bifid defect.



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