Neurological presentation and long-term outcome following operative intervention in patients with meningocele manqué

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  • We review and describe the neurological presentation and long-term outcome of patients with meningocele manqué, and describe the dysraphic features associated with this entity. Our series of patients was collected over a 25-year period with a mean follow-up of 11.5 years. The mean age of presentation was 10.4 years and 72% of the patients presented with an abnormal neurological examination. At most recent follow-up, symptoms were stable, improved, and progressed in 47, 37 and 16%, respectively. Meningocele manqué was associated with focal hirsutism in 37% of the cases. These bands were primarily found in the lumbar spine and involved two sequential vertebral levels in 42% of cases. Sectioning of meningocele manqué has good long-term results in the majority of patients. These bands should be sought in the evaluation of patients with spinal dysraphism and surgically transected.
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  • Tubbs RS; McGirt MJ; Warder DE; Oakes WJ
  • Start Page

  • 230
  • End Page

  • 233
  • Volume

  • 17
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  • 3