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Lateral congenital spinal dermal sinus

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Two children with spinal dermal sinuses of congenital origin are described. They are unusual because the skin dimples were located off the midline at the gluteal region.

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Correspondence to Rafael Carrillo.

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Carrillo, R., Carreira, L.M., Prada, J.J. et al. Lateral congenital spinal dermal sinus. Child's Nerv Syst 1, 238–240 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00270770

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Key words

  • Dermal sinus
  • Spina bifida occulta
  • Spinal dysraphism
  • Lateral dermal sinus
  • Congenital anomalies