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December 1965

Ectopic Cartilage Involving the Spinal Cord

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PHILADELPHIA
From Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.

Arch Neurol. 1965;13(6):673-677. doi:10.1001/archneur.1965.00470060109012
Abstract

ECTOPIC CARTILAGE in a spinal intradural location has not been reported in humans. This report describes such an abnormality in a six-year-old girl whose presenting signs were those of a low spinal cord lesion.

Report of a Case  A six-year-old girl was admitted to Jefferson Medical College Hospital on Oct 15, 1962, because of a deformity on her left foot and progressive difficulty in walking. A few months after birth, her parents noticed arching and inversion of the left foot. Immobilization in a plaster boot failed to improve the deformity. At the age of 2 years, she was found to have a lump in the lower thoracic spine. Roentgenographic examination revealed spina bifida of D-10, D-11, and D-12. In the following four years the child developed kyphoscoliosis and increasing weakness of the left leg. She did not complain of pain. There was no apparent sensory disturbance nor were

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