Neurosurgical pathology of limited dorsal myeloschisis

Takato Morioka, Satoshi O. Suzuki, Nobuya Murakami, Takafumi Shimogawa, Nobutaka Mukae, Satoshi Inoha, Takakazu Sasaguri, Koji Iihara

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Purpose: The term limited dorsal myeloschisis (LDM) was used by Pang et al. (2010) to describe a distinct clinicopathological entity. LDMs are characterized by two invariable features: a focal-closed neural tube defect and a fibroneural stalk that links the skin lesion to the underlying spinal cord. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the neurosurgical pathologic findings of four LDM patients. Results: Case 1 had a saccular skin lesion with nonterminal abortive myelocystocele at T11–12. Cases 2, 3, and 4 had a non-saccular (flat) skin lesion in the lumbosacral region. The morphologic features of the lesion in case 2 were those of meningocele manque. Cases 3 and 4 had accompanying non-LDM anomalies, caudal-type lipoma and type II split-cord malformation with neurenteric cyst, respectively. At preoperative diagnosis of the LDM stalk, magnetic resonance imaging, including 3D heavily T2-weighted image was useful; however, minute findings were often missed in the complicated cases 3 and 4. All patients had a favorable outcome following untethering of the stalk from the cord. The central histopathological feature of the LDM stalk is neuroglial tissue in the fibrocollagenous band; however, the stalk in cases 2 and 4 did not have glial fibrillary acidic protein-immunopositive neuroglial tissues. Conclusions: Therefore, the diagnosis of LDM should be made based on comprehensive evaluation of histologic and clinical findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-303
Number of pages11
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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Morioka, T., Suzuki, S. O., Murakami, N., Shimogawa, T., Mukae, N., Inoha, S., ... Iihara, K. (2018). Neurosurgical pathology of limited dorsal myeloschisis. Child's Nervous System, 34(2), 293-303.