EMBRYONIC TAIL

By Gary M. White, MD

Embryonic Human Tail Photo courtesy Mary Dobry, MD


Rarely, a child may be born with a pedunculated lesion over the sacrum.

Clinical

A congenital flesh-colored pedunculated lesion is present at birth over the sacrum. This "human tail" may contain adipose tissue and skeletal muscle, but it does not contain cartilage, spinal cord elements or bone. Underlying spinal cord defects may be present.

Treatment

After appropriate imaging, surgical correction by a specialist may be done.

References

BMJ Case Rep. 2012; 2012

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