Identify the following congenital defect:
A. Spina bifida occulta
B. Dermoid cyst
D. Cystic hygroma
Ans: C. Meningocele
(Ref. Ghai 8/e p576)
- The given image shows a skin covered, brilliantly transilluminant defect in the back in a newborn.
- This is typical of a meningocele.
Meningocele – Clinical Features:
- A fluctuant midline mass that may transilluminate occurs along the vertebral column, in the lower back.
- Most meningoceles are well covered with skin and pose no threat to the patient.
- rojects into pelvis through a defect in sacrum.
- Symptoms of constipation & bladder dysfunction develop.
- Due to increasing lesion size.