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Images in paediatrics
Diastematomyelia in a 3-year-old girl
  1. Alexander G McNeil1,
  2. Sandhya Jose1,
  3. Chris Rowland-Hill2
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, UK
  2. 2 Department of Radiology, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexander G McNeil, Department of Paediatrics, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Rd, Hull HU3 2JZ, UK; alexander.mcneil{at}

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A 3-year-old girl was referred to our paediatrics department with a hairy patch over her lower spine (figure 1).

Figure 1

A colour photo showing the girl’s hairy patch over her lower spine. Note the surgical scar from a L2/3 laminectomy and removal of a bony spur and opening up of the separate dural linings to each hemicord. Postoperatively, no mobilisation, bowel or bladder issues.

There was a hairy patch encompassing the lumbar spine in the midline, her right leg …

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  • Contributors Article written by AGMcN with support from SJ. Image selection and interpretation by CR-H.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.