Spinal Dysraphism

Spinal dysraphism is a congenital defect in the formation of spine and spinal cord. In the newborn, there is often a visible midline swelling over the spine. Spinal dysraphism can also be an occult disorder, which can be suspected by a tuft of hair or a lipoma (‘fatty lump’) over the back. Evaluation by MRI is required and surgical excision is curative. However, a child with paralysis cannot be expected to regain motor function.

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