Dermal sinus tracts of the spine.

Academic Article


  • Dermal sinus tracts in the spine range from asymptomatic pits to tracts with significant disease. These tracts may be associated with lesions that tether the spinal cord and can either become infected or produce neurological deficits. Over time the treatment of these lesions has varied little: complete resection and intradural exploration are the standard surgical interventions. The authors review their experience with 23 dermal sinus tracts treated in the last 19 years by the senior author. The clinical findings, radiographic appearance, treatment, and pathological findings of these lesions will be discussed. The authors will also provide a summary of the literature covering these lesions.
  • Authors

    Pubmed Id

  • 11149612
  • Author List

  • Elton S; Oakes WJ
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 1