2007-08-28-11 Spina bifida, lumbar © Sanchez www.thefetus.net/
Spina bifida, lumbar
Marcos Antonio Velasco Sanchez, MD*; Candelairo Conda Moreno, MD*; Gustavo Garzon Sanchez, MD**; Irma Organiz Ayala, MD***.
* Hospital General de la S.S.A. de Ayutla,Guerrero,Mexico;
** Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autonoma de Guerrero, Mexico;
*** Instituto Mexicano de Diagnostico por Imagen, Acapulco, Mexico.
This is a 25-year-old primigravida, G2P1, referred to our centre at 27th week of pregnancy due to suspected hydrocephalus. Our examination revealed large cystic mass at the level of lumbar region concordant with lumbar spina bifida and explaining the hydrocephalus of the fetus. The neonate was delivered at 34th week.
Images 1, 2. 27th week of pregnancy; coronal an parasagittal scans showing dilated lateral cerebral ventricles of the fetus.
Images 3, 4. 27th week of pregnancy; sagittal and coronal scans through the lumbar spine showing the spina bifida.
Images 5, 6. 27th week of pregnancy; coronal and transverse scans through the spine demonstrating the spina bifida.
Images 7, 8. Postnatal appearance of the baby (hydrocephalus and club feet are visible).
Images 9, 10. Postnatal appearance of the neonate with the spina bifida.