Prenatal diagnosis of a fetus with lumbar myelocystocele

N. Klble, T. A G M Huisman, T. Stallmach, M. Meuli, F. Zen Ruffinen Imahorn, R. Zimmermann

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We present a case of a fetal lumbar myelocystocele, a rare congenital malformation, characterized by herniation of the central canal through a bony spina bifida. Routine ultrasound examination at 11 weeks' gestation by the primary obstetrician showed a suspicious cyst on the fetal back. Initially, the suspected diagnosis was a meningocele. After sonographic detection of newly developed fetal brain anomalies at 22 weeks' gestation the patient was referred to us. The enlarged cyst, which floated freely in the amniotic fluid, had a funnel-like appearance and was covered by a very thin layer of skin. With the help of ultrafast fetal magnetic resonance imaging the diagnosis of a fetal myelocystocele was made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-539
Number of pages4
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Lumbar myelocystocele
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Prenatal ultrasound
  • Ultrafast fetal MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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