MR Imaging of Neonatal Spinal Dysraphia: What to Consider?

Thierry A G M Huisman, Andrea Rossi, Paolo Tortori-Donati

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The development of the spinal canal and its contents is highly complex and involves multiple programmed anatomic and functional developmental and maturational processes. Correct and detailed knowledge about spinal malformations is essential to understand and recognize these lesions early (preferably prenatally) to counsel parents during pregnancy, to plan possible intrauterine treatments, and to make decisions about the mode of delivery and the immediate postnatal treatment. This article discusses the imaging findings of the most frequently encountered neonatal spinal malformations and correlates these findings with the relevant embryologic processes. The presented classification is based on a correlation of clinical, neuroradiologic, and embryologic data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-61
Number of pages17
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Diastematomyelia
  • Embryology
  • Neurenteric fistula
  • Spinal dysraphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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