2009, Number 1
Acta Ortop Mex 2009; 23 (1)
Association of intercalary cervical bone and occult lumbar and sacral spina bifida. Case report
Ruiz-Osuna C, Ávila-Zamorano ML, Suárez-Ahedo C, Trueba-Davalillo C
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ABSTRACTThe defects of the spinal cord enclose diverse malformations that go from spina bifida to myelomeningocele but there is also a rare variant that is the intercalary bone. The incidence of this phenomenon may vary in 1 to 1,000 to 5,000. At our knowledge, there are no cases reported where it can be an association of intercalary bone and a bifid spine in different levels. In this article we report the case of one patient that coincide with an intercalary cervical bone, bifid spine in lumbar column and bifid spine in sacral column. The objective of this article is also to comment how the clinical symptoms are unspecific, the chronic pain is the frequent symptom, and how the physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory drugs can provide excellent results in a short and medium term.