The term is from the Greek "diastema" (cleft) and "myelos" (marrow or medulla). Citations & impact . Diastematomyelia in the adult. With modern imaging techniques, various types of spinal dysraphism are being diagnosed in adults with increasing frequency. The common location is from first to third lumbar vertebrae. The term is used to describe a developmental malformation of the spinal cord that is characterized by a splitting of the cord into at least two independent segments. SAHU, AND DINAKAR IMMANENI, MB, MS, MCH, FICS MB, BS, Diastematomyelia, an uncommon dysmphic state usually seen in children, is a rarity in adults; only 19 reports have been … ↵ 1 From the Department of Radiology CW. Hader, et al.,4 reviewed 12 cases that presented simultaneously with intradural spinal teratoma and SCM but out of these only two cases were found in adults.17 If an adult presents with spinal teratoma, radiological evaluation of whole spinal canal should be done to rule out dysraphic lesions in any Mild cases may cause few if any symptoms. Lumbosacral adult diastematomyelia is even rarer. Purpose: To report on an adult patient with diastematomyelia and discuss the embryological basis and related developmental sequelae of this split-cord malformation. The commonest location of the lesion is at first to third lumbar vertebrae. The value of the neuroradiological study, especially to the surgeon, is emphasised. Diastematomyelia in Adults 1 Wm. With modern imaging techniques, spinal dysraphism is being diagnosed in adults with increasing frequency, often as an incidental finding.2 The figure shows MRIs of a patient with clinically silent diastematomyelia. Lumbosacral adult Diastematomyelia is even rarer. With routine use of folic acid supplementation, spinal dysraphism is rare in Western countries. Diastematomyelia in adults. Another adult case of diastematomyelia is reported, and clinical, neuroradiologic, and surgical aspects of this condition are discussed. Diastematomyelia in Adults We describe two cases of incidentally discovered split cord malformations in adults undergoing MR for symptoms unrelated to that malformation. Type 2, seen here, involves the hemicords sharing a single dural sac and accounts for 60% of cases; it is usually asymptomatic. The authors describe a 42-year-old man who presented with pain and distal left-leg weakness as well as neurogenic claudication for 1 month. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Diastematomyelia is available below. The commonest location of the lesion is at first to third lumbar vertebrae. Diastematomyelia is an uncommon developmental anomaly, usually presenting in childhood. Adult presentation in diastematomyelia is unusual. 3. Diastematomyelia is a rare entity in which some portion of the spinal cord is split into two by a midline septum. Tsitsopoulos P, Rizos C, Isaakidis D et al (2006) Coexistence of spinal intramedullary teratoma and diastematomyelia in an adult. The commonest location of the lesion is at first to third lumbar vertebrae. Elmaci I, Dagcinar A, Ozgen S et al (2001) Diastematomyelia and spinal teratoma in an adult… Syringomyelia is a disorder in which a fluid-filled cyst (called a syrinx) forms within the spinal cord. B. S.) and the Division of Neurological Surgery CR. Spinal Cord 44:632–635 PubMed CrossRef Google Scholar. The authors describe a 38-year-old … Diastematomyelia is typically associated with vertebral anomalies. Download Citation | Diastematomyelia and Tumor in Adults | Case report and review of the literature. An adult with diastematomyelia underwent a full neuroradiological study (myelography with jopamidolo plus computed tomography) followed by surgery. MRI is the modality of choice for its assessment as well as for other associated anomalies. 3 Adults with spina bifida may experience more pain and sphincter dysfunction with lumbosacral motion. That is why adult detection is rarely to happen but there are cases that it still happens. Adult diastematomyelia is a rarely reported condition. The occurrence of diastematomyelia in patients with congenital scoliosis and myelomeningocele is discussed. presented with Diastematomyelia. Clinically, diastematomyelia often presents as tethered cord syndrome (back pain, abnormal gait, spasticity, bowel / bladder incontinence) in children or young adults, although symptom onset may occur at any age. One patient had a congenital kyphoscoliosis; the other had undergone surgery at birth for a myelomeningocele. Adult presentation is rare. Split cord malformation (SCM), or diastematomyelia, describes a spinal cord divided … Adult presentation in diastematomyelia is unusual. Symptoms vary according to the size and location of the defect. Initial presentation of diastematomyelia is rarely seen in adults. Surgery is the most common treatment. Baldi PG, Paini GP, Bertolino GC, Cusmano F. The authors report two cases of diastematomyelia in adults. 2,3. 1 Type 1 involves two hemicords with separate dural sacs and accounts for 40% of cases; it commonly causes neurological symptoms in childhood because of cord tethering. The patient was referred to neurosurgery and is awaiting consultation. With modern imaging techniques, various types of spinal dysraphism are being diagnosed in adults with increasing frequency. Diastematomyelia was first described in 1837 by Ollivier. B. Diastematomyelia is a congenital malformation of the neural axis characterized by a sagittal division of a segment of the spinal cord or cauda equina and usually associated with anomalous development of the vertebrae. What is syringomyelia? 764 q 2001 Blackwell Science Ltd CASE REPORT Undiagnosed adult diastematomyelia associated with neurological symptoms following spinal anaesthesia M. Wenger,1 C. B. Hauswirth2 and R. P. Brodhage3 1 Neurosurgical Department, Klinik Beau-Site, … Lumbosacral adult diastematomyelia is even rarer. Diplomyelia occurs exceedingly rare, seen in presence of spinal canal duplication. Surgery is indicated in adults with diastematomyelia when stenosis or cord tethering causes neurological deficits. These constituted 17 of all adult patients with tethered cord syndrome. Patients may have a midline cutaneous abnormality such as a … Fulcher OH, Twigg H. Neurologia, Neurocirugia, Psiquiatria, 01 Jan 1970, 11(1): 31-39 PMID: 5527966 . Diastematomyelia is a split-cord malformation often accompanied by other cord or column anomalies. Adult presentation in Diastematomyelia is unusual. Low back pain is the predominant symptom in adults. With modern imaging techniques, various types of spinal dysraphism are being diagnosed in adults with increasing frequency. Magnetic resonance imaging is preferred for diagnosis. No abstract provided. Lumbosacral adult diastematomyelia is even rarer. Impact metrics. This syrinx can get bigger and elongate over time, damaging the spinal cord and compressing and injuring the nerve fibers that carry information to … The commonest location of the lesion is at first to third lumbar vertebrae. Enhanced lumbosacral ligamentous laxity with childbirth can stretch the conus. There are two types of SSCM. 622 W. 168th St. New York 32, N.Y. Henry G. Schwartz , M.D. With the exception of scoliosis, prophylactic spur removal is not recommended in asymptomatic adults. Diastematomyelia: A congenital malformation involving a split in the spinal cord (diastematomyelia). Keywords: Adult, Diastematomyelia, Split cord, Tethered cord. INTRODUCTION. With modern imaging techniques, various types of spinal dysraphism are being diagnosed in adults with increasing frequency. A variety of concurrent spinal anomalies may be found in patients with diastematomyelia. Most cases occur in childhood, but some develop in adulthood. Both of these were investigated by computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Diastematomyelia is a congenital abnormality that leads to a split cord malformation. Differential diagnosis of diastematomyelia is duplicated spinal cord (diplomyelia), which consists of two complete spinal cords, each with two anterior and two posterior horns and roots. Diastematomyelia is a rare congenital deformity of the spine in which the spinal cord is split into two hemicords along the sagittal plane. 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