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Pediatr Radiol. 2005 Aug;35(8):812-4. Epub 2005 Apr 6.

Pontomedullary disconnection: fetal and neonatal considerations.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Genetics, Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Eaton Road, Liverpool, L12 2AP, UK.


The cerebellar and pontocerebellar hypoplasias present a unique challenge when detected in the developing fetus. A diverse aetiology and prognosis make counselling of these families difficult. Advances in fetal imaging allow for more accurate diagnosis and counselling, but postnatal MRI is still required. A case is presented in which cerebellar hypoplasia was detected at 20 weeks gestation. Later fetal imaging provided further information, but a diagnosis of pontomedullary disconnection was not made until the postnatal MRI scan. The clinical findings and possible causes of such pontocerebellar abnormalities are discussed.

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