A gelatinous human tail with lipomyelocele: Case report

Surasak Puvabanditsin, Eugene Garrow, Sharada Gowda, Meera Joshi-Kale, Rajeev Mehta

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We report a female infant who presented with a tail appendage bearing a gelatinous tip and an associated lipomyelocele. Magnetic resonance images revealed the presence of spina bifida and a tract in continuity from the tail to the conus medullaris. The tail was surgically removed. A human tail may be associated with underlying spinal dysraphism. Magnetic resonance or computed tomographic imaging is required in such cases for complete evaluation. This is the first case report of gelatinous-tip human tail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-127
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


  • cutaneous appendage lipomyelocele
  • human tail
  • spinal dysraphism
  • vestigial tail


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