The human tail: a benign stigma

Case report

Roberto Spiegelmann Department of Neurosurgery and Institute of Pathology, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center and The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Hashomer, and Department of Neonatology, Wolfson Government Hospital, Holon, Israel

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Edgardo Schinder Department of Neurosurgery and Institute of Pathology, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center and The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Hashomer, and Department of Neonatology, Wolfson Government Hospital, Holon, Israel

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Mordejai Mintz Department of Neurosurgery and Institute of Pathology, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center and The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Hashomer, and Department of Neonatology, Wolfson Government Hospital, Holon, Israel

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Alexander Blakstein Department of Neurosurgery and Institute of Pathology, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center and The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Hashomer, and Department of Neonatology, Wolfson Government Hospital, Holon, Israel

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✓ Thirty-three cases of true human tails have been reported in the modern English literature. A new case is described and its radiological and pathological features are presented. A review of the literature and analysis of the pathological characteristics of this interesting lumbosacral stigma indicate that the true human tail is a benign condition not associated with any underlying cord malformation.

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    Ledley FD: Evolution and the human tail. A case report. N Engl J Med 306:12121215, 1982 Ledley FD: Evolution and the human tail. A case report. N Engl J Med 306:1212–1215, 1982

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