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Dev Med Child Neurol. 1991 Feb;33(2):110-7.

Effect of race and gender on neurological level in myelomeningocele.

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Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill 27599.


The association of race and gender with different neurological levels of myelomeningocele was studied in 251 patients. Over-all, the white to black ratio was 3.6 and the male to female ratio was 0.86. However, the proportions of whites and females were significantly increased in thoracic-level patients (white to black ratio 13.6, male to female ratio 0.43), whereas the lumbar-level patients had sex and white to black ratios equivalent to the area population. This supports the concept that thoracic-level myelomeningocele has a different pathogenesis from lumbar-level.

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