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Revista Ecuatoriana de Neurología

On-line version ISSN 2631-2581Print version ISSN 1019-8113


GALARZA-ARMIJOS, Monica et al. Lumbo-Costovertebral Syndrome Associated With Myelomeningocele. Rev Ecuat Neurol [online]. 2021, vol.30, n.1, pp.192-196. ISSN 2631-2581.


Lumbo-costo-vertebral syndrome is a rare anomaly that affects the vertebral bodies, the ribs and the muscles of the abdominal wall, and multiple additional congenital abnormalities requiring multidisciplinary management and early surgical intervention to avoid complications.

Case presentation:

A 10-day-old male infant presents with two right lumbar tumors, one that increased in size with crying consistent with a lumbar hernia, and the other a myelomeningocele. In complementary studies, it was found that the patient had fusion of the 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th and 11th and 12th ribs on the right, a 13th accessory rib on the right, and a 13th and 14th accessory rib on the left in addition to multiple defects in the fusion of the lumbar and sacral vertebral bodies, and a 1cm defect in the abdominal wall with protrusion of abdominal contents. The patient was diagnosed with LCVS with an associated myelomeningocele and underwent a simple closure and repair of the abdominal defect with a bovine pericardial patch, and plasty of the myelomeningocele without complications. We present this case due to the rarity with which it is reported in the literature.


LCVS is a rare entity that merits early surgical resolution to avoid complications, in addition to multidisciplinary management.

Keywords : lumbar hernia; lumbo-costo-vertebral; hemivertebrae; Meningomyelocele..

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