Lateral meningocele syndrome
Type of disease: Rare conditions
Lateral meningocele syndrome (LMS) is a rare hereditary connective tissue disorder. This condition results from a mutation or error in a person's DNA or genes. A meningocele occurs when the outer part of the spine has not completely closed, leaving an opening. The spinal cord itself may not be affected, but its coverings (the meninges) are damaged and pushed through the opening. With a meningocele, the spinal cord stays inside the back where it belongs. This means that most children with a meningocele will have normal movement and normal feeling in their legs and feet. Other symptoms may include craniofacial anomalies. Although there is currently no cure for lateral meningocele syndrome, there are various resources to help manage the condition and treat birth defects. Doctors seek help from various therapists and community services to provide support and care for families affected by this disorder. Lateral meningocele syndrome has been described in eleven patients.