Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons                           
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 411--412

Double meningocele: An uncommon entity

Gaurav Panchal1, V Shankar Raman2, Santosh K Dey2, Deepak Dwivedi3,  
1 Department of Surgery, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Paediatric Surgery, Command Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Paediatric Anaesthesiology, Command Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. V Shankar Raman
Department of Paediatric Surgery, Command Hospital, Pune - 411 040, Maharashtra

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Panchal G, Raman V S, Dey SK, Dwivedi D. Double meningocele: An uncommon entity.J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2020;25:411-412

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A 7-month-old male child presented to the outpatient department with a history of thoracic and lower lumbar swellings since birth. Clinical examination revealed a midline solitary thoracic and lumbar swelling which was transilluminant with no evidence of paraparesis, bladder, or bowel incontinence [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine and brain revealed a thoracic and lumbar meningocele with spinal dysraphism at vertebral levels, dorsal 5–dorsal 8 and lumbar 1–lumbar 2, and right dorsal 4 hemivertebra with butterfly dorsal 6 vertebrae with no evidence of hydrocephalus [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

The patient underwent excision and repair of both defects in a single sitting. Intraoperatively, there were a thoracic and lumbar meningocele with clear cerebrospinal fluid and 0.5 cm × 0.5 cm bony defect at both sites [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d. The postoperative recovery was uneventful.

The presence of a meningocele at multiple levels along the spinal column is a rare event. There are only seven cases of double meningocele reported in the world literature,[1] with no cases reported from the Indian Subcontinent so far. Spina bifida results from a defective closure of the neural tube between 26 and 28 days of gestation. “The single-site” closure theory postulates that closure starts like a “zipper” from a single site and moves bidirectionally. Van Allen et al. in 1993 proposed the multisite closure theory stating that there were five sites of closure and neural tube defect (NTD) can result from defective closure at any of these sites, which better explains the embryogenesis of NTD.[2] The occurrence of multiple NTDs is possible with the multisite closure theory due to simultaneous defects at several sites.

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