Genetics Northern California

Glossary

TermDescription
Lipomyelomeningocele, lipomeningocele

A spinal cord lipoma associated with an underlying spina bifida lesion. Often, the fatty tissue of the lipoma extends into the spinal canal, and may press on the spinal cord, resulting in progressive neurological deterioration.

Spinal cord lipomaA collection of fatty tissue attached to the spinal cord that may or may not be associated with spina bifida. There are three types of lipomas: dorsal, transitional, and terminal. Dorsal and transitional lipomas are defects of primary neurulation, and may be associated with spina bifida. Terminal lipomas are considered secondary neurulation defects.