Conflicting Diagnosis of Dermal Sinus Tract and Tethered Cord Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Dermal sinus tracts (DSTs) are an uncommon form of occult spinal dysraphism that is attributed to incomplete neural tube closure during fetal development. Dermal sinus tracts are found along the midline neuroaxis from the nasion to the coccyx, but they most commonly appear in the lumbar region. Dermal sinus tracts are more commonly associated with other developmental abnormalities such as skin tags, naevi, spinal dermoid cysts, meningocoele, lipomas and spinal cord tethering, and can be complicated by cerebrospinal fluid drainage, shedding of keratin from the epithelialized tract, and infection such as meningitis.

publication date

  • November 2013