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Childs Nerv Syst. 2001 Dec;17(12):697-703. Epub 2001 Nov 24.

Antenatal diagnosis of spinal lipomas.

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  • 1Service de Neurochirurgie Pédiatrique, Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades, 149 rue de Sèvres, 75743 Paris Cedex 15, France.



The purpose of this study was to highlight the key prenatal diagnostic features of fetal spinal lipomas.


All fetuses in whom a spinal lipoma was suspected prenatally or diagnosed postnatally were included in the study. Lumbosacral lipoma was diagnosed in 16 fetuses (group 1), but at birth 3 of these were found to have other forms of occult dysraphism. In 2 other fetuses (group 2) a meningocele was suspected but at birth these lesions were found to be lumbosacral lipomas. The lipomas were covering large meningoceles in 13 fetuses and filling the cul-de-sac in 2 others. Three sets of parents decided on termination. Of the 13 children born with a spinal lipoma, 9 were operated on and 4 were managed conservatively. At the last follow-up, 7 were neurologically intact.


The distinction between meningomyelocele and spinal lipoma is possible antenatally. The differential diagnosis between lipoma and the other forms of occult dysraphism is more difficult.

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