Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Classic example of iniencephaly

Iniencephaly is a rare neural tube defect involving the occiput and inion combined with rachischisis of the cervical and thoracic spine and retroflexion of the head. The first syllable of "iniencephaly" is derived from the word inion, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for 'nape of the neck'. The inion is the most prominent posterioinferior projection of the occipital bone of the skull. The inion appears to fuse with the spine resulting in no discernible neck.

This image is from the SUNY Upstate pathology department website.

8 comments:

Sherry said...

Was there any prenatal history with this?

Brian E. Moore, MD said...

Hi Sherry,
No prenatal history was given on the SUNY website.
Brian

Sherry said...

Interesting.....thanks for posting this.

Pat Malafronte said...

That is a great case. On an unrelated topic, do you or anyone out there know of any fellowships still being offered/advertised for July 2011? I am in the army, and they make us apply 18 months in advance. I only found USC and Virginia advertising spots. Does anyone know of any others or can point me to a good resource? Thanks, Pat

Brian E. Moore, MD said...

Pat Malafronte:
I assume you mean neuropathology fellowships? If so, let me know if you have any geographic or other limitations and I'll ask around.
Brian

Pat Malafronte said...

Yeah, sorry - Neuropathology fellowships, specifically in Texas.
Thanks.

Brian E. Moore, MD said...

To Pat Malafronte:
I contacted the illustrious Dr. Greg Fuller of MD Anderson in Houston, TX on your behalf. Here is the response he emailed to me:
"We do have a Methodist Hospital/MDACC NP Fellowship but I think we have filled both positions for 2011 - have the applicant contact my co-director Suzanne Powell at Methodist to check on the status. Baylor has also had a program, but I believe it will be closing due to funding issues. The director of that program is J. Clay Goodman at Baylor." Good luck, and say hello to Drs. Powell and Goodman for me when you contact them.

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