Occult spinal dysraphism and neurosurgery are rare in toddlers with asymptomatic cutaneous stigmata

Takeaway

  • The prevalence of occult spinal dysraphism in healthy, asymptomatic newborns and infants with midline cutaneous stigmata is low, and neurosurgical management is very rare.

Why this matters

    Clinicians involved in the management of pediatrics with dorsal midline cutaneous stigmata should assess whether these children have higher-risk stigmata and, if so, consider a spinal imaging scan to identify potential occult spinal dysraphism.