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2010-11-24-14 Lumbosacral myelomeningocele © Cuillier
Lumbosacral myelomeningocele  

Fabrice Cuillier, MD.*, F. Cardus, MD. **

*  Service de Gynécologie-Obstétrique, Hôpital Félix Guyon, Saint-Denis de La Réunion, France.
** Center of Radiology, 97450 Le Port, Ile de la Réunion, France

Case report

This is a case of a healthy 20-year-old G2 P1 who came for the first ultrasound scan at 22 weeks of gestation. There was a large myelomeningocele located in the lumbosacral region, measuring 60 x 45 mm. The posterior fossa was abnormal, consistent with Arnold Chiari malformation. Fetal movements were normal except of the lower extremities. The urine from the urinary bladder did not seem to evacuate properly.
Parents decided for the pregnancy termination after consult with the neurosurgeon.

Images 1- 4: Images 1-3 show sagittal view of the large myelomeningocele. Image 4 shows transverse view of the lesion.

Images 5,6: 3-D images of the myelomeningocele, you can see the nerves.

Image 7
: Axial view of the fetal brain, showing abnormal posterior fossa.

Video 1: Video of the myelomeningocele.

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