Duplicated filum terminale in the absence of split cord malformation: A potential cause of failed detethering procedures

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  • Introduction: A duplicated filum terminale appears to be a rare finding in the absence of a split cord malformation. Herein, we discuss this finding and its potential dysembryology. Case reports: We report two cases of duplicated filum terminale without split cord malformation. The first case presented as an incidental finding with thickened filum terminale. At time of surgery, a thickened filum was resected and a smaller size filum was transected and both were confirmed with pathologic examination. The second case presented with a lumbar skin hemangioma. Screening MRI showed a duplicated filum terminale with fat signal in both structures. Pathology also confirmed the diagnosis of two fila terminalia. Conclusions: The neurosurgeon should consider the possibility of two fila terminalia during operation to transect a single filum for tethered spinal cord. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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  • Rizk E; Adeeb N; Hussein AE; Tubbs RS; Rozzelle CJ; Oakes WJ
  • Start Page

  • 709
  • End Page

  • 711
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 4