Urodynamic and neurophysiologic evaluation of patients with diastematomyelia

Milind J. Kothari, Stuart B. Bauer

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Abstract

Diastematomyelia is a form of an occult dysraphism, which can present with lower urinary tract dysfunction. We present the findings in 21 patients with diastematomyelia evaluated at the Children's Hospital in Boston. Seventy-six percent of the patients were female. Eighty-six per cent had a cutaneous lesion present overlying the spine. Urodynamic and electrophysiologic studies showed abnormalities in 17 (81%) of 21 patients, of whom 13 (62%) had upper motor neuron dysfunction. Seventeen patients underwent corrective spinal surgery and none of the patients deteriorated on a follow-up urodynamic and electrophysiologic study. We recommend that patients with cutaneous, midline lower back lesions with or without lower urinary tract dysfunction be evaluated with a urodynamic and electrophysiologic study to characterize the extent of neurologic and urologic dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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Neural Tube Defects
Urodynamics
Urinary Tract
Skin
Motor Neurons
Neurologic Manifestations
Spine

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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Kothari, Milind J. ; Bauer, Stuart B. / Urodynamic and neurophysiologic evaluation of patients with diastematomyelia. In: Journal of Child Neurology. 1997 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 97-100.
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