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Vol 65, No 2 (2006)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2006-03-09
Submitted: 2012-02-06
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Surgical observation of the agenesis of the foramen of Magendie

R.S. Tubbs
Folia Morphol 2006;65(2):174-177.

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Vol 65, No 2 (2006)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2006-03-09
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

We report a young girl who presented with headache and back pain. Dynamic MRI revealed no cerebrospinal egress from the median aperture (Foramen of Magendie) of the fourth ventricle and syringomyelia. A posterior cranial fossa exploration was performed and agenesis of the median aperture was observed. Following surgical penetration of the posterior aspect of the fourth ventricle and at the most recent follow-up examination, this patient’s syringomyelia had resolved, as had her symptoms. Agenesis of the foramen of Magendie may be a rare cause of inhibition of normal cerebrospinal egress from the fourth ventricle with resultant syringomyelia.

Abstract

We report a young girl who presented with headache and back pain. Dynamic MRI revealed no cerebrospinal egress from the median aperture (Foramen of Magendie) of the fourth ventricle and syringomyelia. A posterior cranial fossa exploration was performed and agenesis of the median aperture was observed. Following surgical penetration of the posterior aspect of the fourth ventricle and at the most recent follow-up examination, this patient’s syringomyelia had resolved, as had her symptoms. Agenesis of the foramen of Magendie may be a rare cause of inhibition of normal cerebrospinal egress from the fourth ventricle with resultant syringomyelia.
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Keywords

posterior cranial fossa; median aperture; cerebrospinal fluid; ventricle; anomaly

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Title

Surgical observation of the agenesis of the foramen of Magendie

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 65, No 2 (2006)

Pages

174-177

Published online

2006-03-09

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2006;65(2):174-177.

Keywords

posterior cranial fossa
median aperture
cerebrospinal fluid
ventricle
anomaly

Authors

R.S. Tubbs

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