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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 400-402

A tale of two tails: Not just skin deep

1 Department of Pediatric Medicine, North Bengal Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy, RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Sudip Kumar Ghosh
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.160496

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The dorsal cutaneous appendage or the so called human tail is a rare congenital anomaly protruding from the lumbo-sacro-coccygeal area. These caudal appendages are divided into true-tails and pseudo-tails. We report here two cases of congenital pseudo-tail with underlying spina bifida and lipo-meningocele. In this article we seek to emphasize that, as the skin and nervous systems are intimately linked by their similar ectodermal origin, a dorsal appendage may be regarded as a cutaneous marker of the underlying spinal dysraphism.

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