Brainstem disconnection

Curtis Duffield, Jennifer Jocson, Sandra L. Wootton-Gorges

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Brainstem disconnection is a very rare neonatal abnormality, with only seven cases reported. We report a unique case of a neonate who presented at delivery with hypertonia, dysmorphic facial features, and respiratory distress, as well as numerous musculoskeletal and genitourinary abnormalities. MRI of the brain showed disconnection between the pons and medulla with cerebellar hypoplasia and absent cerebellar peduncles. It aided in the description of the neurological and vascular anomalies associated with this diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1357-1360
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Radiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Brainstem
  • Congenital malformation
  • MRI
  • Neonate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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