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Neonatal Med > Volume 22(3); 2015 > Article
Neonatal Medicine 2015;22(3):177-181.
DOI:    Published online August 31, 2015.
A Case of Dermal Sinus Tract with Recurrent Meningitis in a 3-Month-Old Infant.
Seung Hyun Lee
Department of Pediatrics, Wonkwang University School of Medicine, Iksan, Korea.
Spinal dermal sinus tract (DST) is a rare congenital dysraphism that occurs in approximately one in every 2,500 live births. Many studies have reported that cutaneous stigmata overlying the posterior midline neuroaxis may be associated with dermal sinuses, including abnormal pigmentation, hemangioma, hypertrichosis, and benign sacrococcygeal dimples. Spinal DSTs that are connected with sinuses may have diverse clinical presentations and may involve clinical complications, occasionally caused by a neurologic defect, or infectious complications, including life-threatening conditions such as meningitis. A 3-month-old girl had experienced recurrent meningitis without typical abnormal findings on physical and laboratory examinations. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed to evaluate infectious conditions, and DST was found incidentally. Although MRI findings revealed DST, we could not find any small opening on the skin on careful observation. Thus, first-line physicians should keep several important factors in mind when initially evaluating patients with recurrent meningitis, such as cutaneous findings over the midline neuroaxis and early neuroimaging studies for congenital dysraphism.
Key Words: Dermal sinus tract, Neonate, Meningitis


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