April 1980

Occult Anterior Sacral Meningocele

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Radiology (Drs Sumner, Crowe, and Phelps) and Pediatrics (Drs Sumner, Crowe, and Park), Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(4):385-386. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.04490010039013

• Anterior sacral meningocele is a rare congenital malformation consisting of a spinal fluid-filled sac in the pelvis communicating by a small neck with the spinal subarachnoid space through a sacral defect. This entity should be considered if the characteristic scimitar sacrum is observed on a pelvic roentgenogram. If signs and symptoms also suggest a meningocele, special studies such as ultrasonography and myelography are indicated to establish the diagnosis of an anterior sacral meningocele. Computerized tomography provides additional evidence of spinal-abdominal extension of this lesion.

(Am J Dis Child 134:385-386, 1980)