Split notochord syndrome variant: Prenatal findings and neonatal management

A. Agangi, D. Paladini, P. Bagolan, G. M. Maruotti, P. Martinelli

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Spilt notochord syndrome is an extremely rare form of spinal dysraphism characterized by a complete cleft of the spine and a persistent communication between endoderm and ectoderm. A variant of split notochord syndrome was diagnosed in a 25-week-old fetus showing a prolapsed congenital colostomy and a spinal cystic lesion. The final diagnosis included protruding colon segment, imperforate anus with a rectourethral fistula and lipomyelomeningocele. The ultrasound features of the condition and the post-natal management are discussed. The neonate was successfully treated with a posterior sagittal anorectoplasty, while the lipomyelomeningocele was resected at a later stage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005


  • Congenital colostomy
  • Dorsal enteric fistula
  • Lipomyelomeningocele
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Split notochord syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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