Occult spinal dysraphism in patients with anal agenesis.

  title={Occult spinal dysraphism in patients with anal agenesis.},
  author={Andrew M. Davidoff and Carl V. Thompson and Joerg Grimm and Nicholas A. Shorter and Howard Filston and Walter Jerry Oakes},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  volume={26 8},
Recent reports have suggested an association between congenital anorectal anomalies and occult spinal dysraphism. Eighty-seven patients with anal agenesis have been treated at this institution over the last 14 years. Two of these patients had spinal cord anomalies recognized at birth (a myelomeningocele and a tethered spinal cord). Two additional patients presented with progressive neurologic deficits in early childhood and were each found to have a tethered spinal cord. To further assess the… CONTINUE READING