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Imaging Findings of Congenital Anomalies of the Spine 2008

Lien T Huynh, MD,
Veronica J Rooks, MD, Non ASSR Member

Scientific Poster

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Purpose

Objective: To familiarize radiologists with the understanding of the congenital malformations that can occur in the spine. Various cases will be presented in an electronic format and delineate the typical appearance of congenital anomalies within the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. A computer model will systematically introduce the reader to the wide spectrum of spinal congenital anomalies. Some congenital malformations that will be presented include: coronal cleft, craniovertebral junction anomalies, myelocele, myelomeningocele, dorsal dermal sinus, dermoid, intradural lipoma, lipomyelocele, lipomyelomeningocele, terminal lipomas, tight filum terminale syndrome, fibrolipoma, diastematomyelia, caudal regression syndrome, sacrococcygeal teratoma, syringohydromyelia, congenital spinal stenosis, and segmentation abnormalities.

Learning Points:
Recognize congenital anomalies in the spine
Characterize the typical appearance of the congenital anomalies
Formulate a differential diagnosis for the referring clinician
Offer any additional imaging if necessary to limit the differential diagnosis

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