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Occult spinal dysraphism

Ncedele Mankahla, Anthony Figaji

Abstract


Occult spinal dysraphism (OSD) refers to a diverse group of congenital abnormalities resulting from varying degrees of disordered neuro-embryogenesis. Several terms have been used to describe these conditions, including spina bifida occulta and closed neural tube defects.


Authors' affiliations

Ncedele Mankahla, Paediatric Neurosurgery Unit, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Cape Town; Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

Anthony Figaji, Paediatric Neurosurgery Unit, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Cape Town; Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Paediatric neurosurgery; Occult spinal dysraphism; Neuro-embryogenesis; Cutaneous stigmata; Tethered spinal cord, VACTERL

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2014;104(4):316. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8196

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-03-16
Date published: 2014-03-18

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