Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010 , Vol 56 , Num 1
Split Cord Malformation: A Report of Two Cases
Fatih Temiztürk 1 ,Aliye Yıldırım Güzelant 2 ,Şule Temiztürk 3 ,M. Hayri Özgüzel 4
1 Okmeydanı Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Kliniği, İstanbul
2 Okmeydanı Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Kliniği, İstanbul
3 Şişli Etfal Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
4 SSK Okmeydanı Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Kliniği, İstanbul

Split cord malformation (Diastometamyelia,diplomyelia) is a rare developmental embryological fusion defect and is characterized by double spinal cord formation. It is an important etiological factor in the pathogenesis of scoliosis. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography are very useful radiological examinations in the diagnosis. In addition, X Ray is helpful  in detecting bone septum and vertebral anomalies. Here, we present two cases, who were diagnosed at 41 and 52 years of age as having the rarely seen split cord malformation. 

Keywords : Diastometamyelia, diplomyelia, split cord malformation, magnetic resonance imaging