Diastematomyelia could be diagnosed on prenatal sonography. Perinatal Journal 2014;22(3):SE31
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of Ben Arous- Ben Arous TN
Chaouki Mbarki, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of Ben Arous- Ben Arous TN,
Conflicts of Interest
No conflicts declared.
Diastematomyelia is a rare congenital anomaly that results in the "splitting" of the spinal cord in a longitudinal (sagittal) direction.
We present a case of diastematomyelia diagnosed prenatally in our institution as well as a review of the literature in order to determine the importance of ultrasound prenatal diagnosis of the isolated case of diastematomyelia.
The diastematomyelia case, was detected at 23 weeks gestation by ultrasonography examination which was performed by suprapubic approach. It was presented with disorganization of bony process of the vertebral column with a midline echogenic bony spur, asymmetrical hemicords. The liveborn fetuse was examined by a pediatric neurologist.
A search was then conducted using PubMed to review previously reported cases in the literature.
Prenatal diagnosis is generally made in the second trimester. Intrauterine diagnosis of diastematomyelia should facilitate appropriate management of affected cases.
Prenatal diagnosis; diastematomyelia