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Currarino’s Triad: A Review of Imaging Findings 2006

General Spine

Samir E Noujaim, M.D., Non ASSR Member
Bruno Policeni, M.D., Non ASSR Member
Ahmad F Haidary, M.D., Non ASSR Member
Daniel J Boss, M.D., Non ASSR Member

Scientific Poster


Currarino's triad is a rare autosomal domininant complex consisting of: 1) congenital anal stenosis or low imperforate anus, 2)sickle or scimitar hemisacrum and 3)presacral mass (teratoma, lipoma, dermoid cyst, enteric cyst or anterior meningocele). This display aims to demonstrate the spectrum of findings associated with Currarino's triad utilizing: plain film, contrast enema, ultrasound, CT, and MRI.

Methods & Materials

A total of seven patients have undergone imaging at our institution with varying presentations of Currarino's triad. The patient's subsequent imaging evaluations included plain film, contrast enema, ultrasound, CT, and MRI.


These images demonstrate the varied presentation of Currarino's triad in multiple modalities. The use of MRI has become critical in diagnosis and treatment planning of Currarino's triad. However, the other modalities depicted still have a place in diagnosis and treatment planning as well as screening of high risk individuals such as those with affected family members. Familiarity with these findings allows for early recognition of this disorder. This is important due to high morbidity and mortality associated with Currarino's triad and that patients may initially be asymptomatic.


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