WELCOME TO THE RADIOLOGY COMMUNITY: This Patient-To-Patient Community is for discussions relating to: Cancer Treatment, CT/CAT Scan, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Ultrasound, X-rays and all things related to radiology.
I've recently been diagnosed with spina bifida occulta in my lumbar spine, accompanied by split cord there aswell.
I also have a low lying conus medullaris due to a tiny bit of fat tissue connected to it at sacral level.
I also had a congenital inclusion dermoid cyst in the back of my head (occipital region), which has been successfully removed when I was 2 years old. I'm 20 now.
I've recently had a check-up mri of my head to see if the cyst had come back, but it hadn't.
But I saw something else on the mri, which got me worrying a bit.
It's about my cervical spinal cord, it looks as if it's going to split there aswell. The mri only shows a part of my cervical spinal cord, since it's an mri of my head. But it certainly makes it look as if it's about to split completely, since the posterior side of the spinal cord is already showing a split, which isn't normal I assume?
I really think the posterior 'split' of the cervical spinal cord is there, and isn't due to me moving or something, because it shows in more than one series (with contrast, without contrast, coronal and transverse series).
I don't have any symptoms in my hands or arms though (yet). Well, the 2 smallest fingers of my right hand are a little smaller than they should be, they also look a tiny bit webbed, but no neurological symptoms.
Only the split cord of my lumbar spine is causing some -minor- neurological symptoms in my right foot and leg.
Could you please take a look at the photos I added, and tell me your opinion?
Should I have an mri done of my cervical spine? Please let me know what you think.
Also, I have a low posterior hairline, all the way down to my T1 spinous process, which is a symptom of NTD. Is it possible that it's only associated with the cyst, or would there have to be some other NTD involved?
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.