Duplicated pelvic floor musculature and diastematomyelia in a cloacal exstrophy patient

Brian M. Inouye, Ali Tourchi, Eric Z. Massanyi, John P. Gearhart, Aylin Tekes

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Cloacal exstrophy is the most severe and rare form of the exstrophy-epispadias complex, presenting with exposed bladder halves extruding through an abdominal wall defect and variable genitourinary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and neurological defects. The authors report magnetic resonance imaging findings of a neurologically-intact, 24-month-old female with cloacal exstrophy who presented with anterior spinal dysraphism and diastematomyelia and duplicate pelvic floor musculature. The constellation of defects suggests a common genetic, biochemical, and embryological origin for duplication of the bladder, spinal cord, and pelvic floor muscles occurring in the fourth week of gestation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Radiology Case Reports
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2014


  • Cloacal exstrophy
  • Diastematomyelia
  • Duplicated pelvic floor
  • Etiology
  • Exstrophy-epispadias complex
  • Spinal dysraphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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