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Question: Neuro

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Which of the following physical exam findings on a newborn’s sacrum does NOT mandate an MRI to rule out occult closed spinal dysraphism?

Which do you NOT need to do MRI?

pemsou5_wp • April 12, 2022

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  1. Kelly April 12, 2022 - 2:49 pm Reply

    C) Sacral dimple 3mm diameter, 1.5 cm from the anus
    Infants with a single sacral lesion of hypertrichosis, mass, hemangioma, cutis aplasia, or dimple either 5mm or more in size, or > 2.5cm from the anus, should have an MRI to rule out occult closed spinal dysraphism. Patients with 2 or more sacral findings (including low-risk dimples) should also undergo MRI, as should those with signs or symptoms of tethered cord syndrome (lower extremity weakness, areflexia, and pain, incontinence / bladder dysfunction).

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