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Surgical management of 142 cases of split cord malformations associated with osseous divide

Tao Wang, Jian-Wen Gu, Tie-Jun Shi, Ke Li, Wei Wang, Xiao-Jun Bai, Jun-Hai Zhang, Zhi-Feng Yang, Shao-Jie Cui
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.07.013
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2017;51(6):459-464.

open access

Vol 51, No 6 (2017)
Original research articles
Submitted: 2017-01-30

Abstract

Objectives

To investigate the key surgical points in treating split cord malformations associated with osseous divide and scoliosis (SCM-OD-S).

Materials and methods

The surgical options and methods of a total of 142 SCM-OD-S cases were retrospectively analyzed, and the surgical precautions and imaging diagnosis were also discussed.

Results

The 142 patients were performed osseous divide resection plus dural sac molding, which achieved good results and no serious complication such as spinal cord and nerve injury occurred; certain symptoms such as urination-defecation disorders, muscle strength subsidence, Pes Cavus, and toe movement disorder in partial patients achieved various degrees of relief, and it also created good conditions for next-step treatment against scoliosis.

Conclusions

The diagnosis of SCM-OD mainly depended on imaging inspection, routine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) combined with computed tomography (CT) 3D reconstruction, which can comprehensively evaluate the types and features of diastematomyelia as well as other concomitant diseases. SCM alone needed no treatment, but surgery will be the only means of treating SCM-OD. Intraoperatively removing osseous divide step-by-step, as well as carefully freeing the spinal cord and remodeling the dural sac, can lay good foundations for relieving tethered cord, improving neurological symptoms, and further scoliosis orthomorphia, thus particularly exhibiting importance for the growth and development of adolescents.

Abstract

Objectives

To investigate the key surgical points in treating split cord malformations associated with osseous divide and scoliosis (SCM-OD-S).

Materials and methods

The surgical options and methods of a total of 142 SCM-OD-S cases were retrospectively analyzed, and the surgical precautions and imaging diagnosis were also discussed.

Results

The 142 patients were performed osseous divide resection plus dural sac molding, which achieved good results and no serious complication such as spinal cord and nerve injury occurred; certain symptoms such as urination-defecation disorders, muscle strength subsidence, Pes Cavus, and toe movement disorder in partial patients achieved various degrees of relief, and it also created good conditions for next-step treatment against scoliosis.

Conclusions

The diagnosis of SCM-OD mainly depended on imaging inspection, routine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) combined with computed tomography (CT) 3D reconstruction, which can comprehensively evaluate the types and features of diastematomyelia as well as other concomitant diseases. SCM alone needed no treatment, but surgery will be the only means of treating SCM-OD. Intraoperatively removing osseous divide step-by-step, as well as carefully freeing the spinal cord and remodeling the dural sac, can lay good foundations for relieving tethered cord, improving neurological symptoms, and further scoliosis orthomorphia, thus particularly exhibiting importance for the growth and development of adolescents.

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Keywords

Split cord malformation, Scoliosis, Diagnosis, Surgery

About this article
Title

Surgical management of 142 cases of split cord malformations associated with osseous divide

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 51, No 6 (2017)

Pages

459-464

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.07.013

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2017;51(6):459-464.

Keywords

Split cord malformation
Scoliosis
Diagnosis
Surgery

Authors

Tao Wang
Jian-Wen Gu
Tie-Jun Shi
Ke Li
Wei Wang
Xiao-Jun Bai
Jun-Hai Zhang
Zhi-Feng Yang
Shao-Jie Cui

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