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February 1975

Heel Cord Shortening With

Author Affiliations

From the Pediatric Surgical Service, Children's Hospital; and the Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(2):254-255. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120390078018

Two children with ganglioneuroma and ganglioneuroblastoma had bilateral heel cord shortening. In one child, the Achilles tendons were lengthened surgically prior to removal of the tumor. In the other child, the heel cord shortening corrected itself spontaneously following removal of the retroperitoneal tumor. One patient had associated hypertension and the other, chronic diarrhea. It is suggested that shortening of the Achilles tendons was in some way related to the ganglioneuroblastoma and should be considered as a possible early diagnostic sign.