Meningocele manqué: a comprehensive review of this enigmatic finding in occult spinal dysraphism

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  • © 2017, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. The term meningocele manqué (MM) was coined in 1972 to describe a broad range of surgical findings characterized by intradural bands tethering neural structures to the dorsal dura. Over the following decades, reports continued to lump intradural tethering bands associated with a variety of comorbidities under the umbrella term MM. In more recent years, disorders previously called MM have been identified as embryologically distinct and were reclassified. While this sectioning continues, there remains a set of intradural tethering disorders for which no better term than MM exists. Herein, we comprehensively review the literature surrounding MM, including embryological disorders, clinical, radiographic, and surgical presentation, as well as alternative classification methods and MM treatment.
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  • Schmidt C; Bryant E; Iwanaga J; Oskouian RJ; Oakes WJ; Tubbs RS
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  • 1065
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  • 1071
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  • 33
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  • 7