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J Paediatr Child Health. 2014 Aug 7. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12707. [Epub ahead of print]

Intramedullary spinal cord abscess: The result of a missed congenital dermal sinus.

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  • 1Department of Paediatrics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Congenital dermal sinus (CDS) and occult spinal dysraphism are suspected when a cutaneous marker overlies the spine of a newborn. CDS can have the appearance of a simple dimple and occur within the gluteal cleft without any skin markers. CDS are the commonest cause of intramedullary spinal cord abscess.

© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2014 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).


dermal sinus; occult spinal dysraphism; spinal cord abscess

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