HARTFORD, Conn., June 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Baystate Children's Hospital will present a webinar on lumbosacral skin stigmata and occult spinal dysraphism on Wednesday, June 24 from 12:15-1:15pm. The webinar will be hosted by Jonathan Martin, MD, FAANS.

The relationship between skin abnormalities of the lower back and underlying spinal cord malformations is more common than many realize. With up to 4% of infants born with a dimple contained in their intergluteal cleft, how can a physician recognize the need for imaging or when to refer?

This free, educational webinar is designed to help physicians better understand the evaluation and referral guidelines for infants and children who present such skin abnormalities and will include:

  • History and brief overview of spinal cord malformations
  • Evaluation processes and referral guidelines for pediatric patients
  • Case studies illustrating medical management and treatment

A Q &A session will follow. To register, please visit

About Dr. Martin: Dr. Martin's practice focuses exclusively on the treatment of children, encompassing the full range of pediatric neurosurgical disease. Services provided include the management of complex hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism and other malformations, craniofacial surgery, neuro-oncology, neurotrauma, and congenital and acquired spinal disease. Dr. Martin provides minimally invasive treatments to a number of diseases to include the management of hydrocephalus, intracranial and skull base tumors, craniosynostosis, and spinal disease. He has particular interest and experience in the surgical treatment of craniocervical abnormalities and complex spinal reconstruction.

About Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children's hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation for two of its pediatric specialties in the annual U.S. News & World Report "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings, Connecticut Children's is the only free-standing children's hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, five specialty care centers and 11 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children's has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties.

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About Baystate Children's Hospital:

Baystate Children's Hospital is a 110-bed, 57-bassinette facility housed within Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. It includes the only neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit and children's emergency department in western Massachusetts, as well as dedicated inpatient and outpatient specialty services. In 2013, the Baystate Children's Specialty Center opened its doors on Wason Ave. in Springfield, bringing together a range of pediatric specialty caregivers and services in one colorful and kid-friendly space. Baystate Children's Hospital has been named a U.S. News Best Children's Hospital in the area of Endocrinology and Diabetes for two straight years.

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Source:Connecticut Childrens Medical Center