A member asked:

Why is there squishy puffiness at the base of my spina bifida child's spine? he had a tethered cord surgery 4 years ago and it's around the scar.

9 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Cindy Juster answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Difficult to say.: It's hard to say without examining him. It could be anything from keloid to infection; please have his doctor see him this week.

Answered 2/27/2019


Dr. William Goldie answered

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology

Three causes: Most common is associated lipoma (fat collection). This is usually benign. Next is bulging of the sack around the base of the spinal cord that often collects fluid when the child stands and when he cries or tightens the tummy. The third cause may be loose tissue around the surgery site with poor closure of the incision. The surgeon can determine easily which is present.

Answered 9/28/2016


Dr. Marguerite Barnett answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Spinal puffiness: It is very common to have fatty deposits (lipoma) at the base of the spine in spina bifida. Another cause can be collections of spinal fluid under the skin.

Answered 4/26/2012



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