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Eur Spine J. 2012 Jun;21 Suppl 4:S569-72. doi: 10.1007/s00586-012-2311-2. Epub 2012 Apr 24.

Currarino's triad diagnosed in an adult woman.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Erasmus MC, 's Gravendijkwal 230, Office Hs-114, P.O. Box B2040, 3000, CA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.



To report on a female patient diagnosed with Currarino's triad in adulthood.


This case presents an adult patient with a medical history of a congenital anal atresia, a partial sacral agenesis, and a surgically treated ectopic anus. After a coincidentally observed presacral mass by MRI, due to unexplained constipation later in adulthood, Currarino's triad was suspected in this patient. This triad consists of anorectal malformation(s), sacrococcygeal defects and a presacral mass of various origin. Further investigation confirmed the mass to be a meningocele, and showed a tethered cord and a syrinx.


In (young) patients with anorectal malformations, although having no other symptoms, further examination might be required to exclude Currarino's triad. Importance of early diagnosis and multidisciplinary assessment is recommended to establish adequate treatment if needed.

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