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Complications From Tethered Spinal Cord Release
Stretched spine: Tethered cord syndrome is where the spinal cord is stretched because it failed to grow along with the rest of the spine. The cord is attached to the sacrum but as we grow as a child this attachment lengthens along with our body growing taller. When this does not happen, the cord stretches and this causes pain, weakness, and bowel/bladder problems. If very symptomatic, it requires surgery. ...Read more
A tethered spinal cord is when the spinal cord becomes attached to tissue around the vertebral column, most commonly at its base. Consequently, the spinal cord cannot move freely within the canal of the vertebral column. This may cause the spinal cord to stretch out as the vertebral column grows, leading to possible nerve damage, pain and other symptoms. In most cases, the condition becomes worse over ...Read more
Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?
Many: In the acute period: further loss of cord function, pneumonia, blood clots, pressure sores, urinary tract infections, acute depression. Later on: urinary tract infection, pressure sores, autonomic dysreflexia (severe high blood pressure), fractures and deformity of the paralyzed limbs, osteoporosis, depression. ...Read more
Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery?
C4/5 surgery risks: Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery? ANS: Only you and your team in LA can properly assess risks and benefits of surgery vs watchful waiting in you. You may want to get second opinion as well. Sounds serious to me though. So work with them now. ...Read more
LP complications: When spinal tap is done, if difficult, you might have local external bruising, swelling, and tenderness. Rarely, a local infection could occur. Typically, the usual reactions dissipate within a day or two. If symptoms are worsening, contact your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?
Tricky: first, if there are signs of nerve damage (strength, sensation, changes in control of bowel or bladder) then surgery is indicated. Then.... 1-10% of the population has lumbar disk disease and surgery is not generally done and doesn't have that good of an effect when it is. Neurofibroma in spine complicates things. A Lot. It's a growing benign tumor and surgery might spread it. Radiation therapy. ...Read more
See answer below: Wheelchair transfers refer to transfers that a person with a spinal cord injury who is using a wheelchair must perform when going from the wheelchair to a bed, to a couch, to a car, to a shower bench, and back into the wheelchair. Sliding boards are initially used to make the transfers easier. ...Read more
Is surgery needed for indentation of the ventral thecal sac and spinal cord at t8-t9? Bcos dorsal central degenerative intervertebral disc protrusion
Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic from csection cause tarlov cysts? Also where do they put needle for spinal?
Tarlov cysts: Tarlov cysts are not known to be triggered by a dural puncture. For a spinal "tap" the needle is inserted at the level of l4-5 for surgical spinal anesthesia. It may be inserted higher for a myelogram (injecting the "x-ray dye" into the spinal fluid it may be inserted at higher levels. After about L2 level there is no spinal cord inside the spine - just the nerve roots so any approach higher than. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anterior disc repl surgeon cut sympathetic nerve resulting in stage3 horners wallenborgs syndromes cut vocal cord nw hv issues breathing reversable?
Prediction difficult: Am unclear how all of this happened to you while having a disc surgery. Would suggest you see a medical neurologist and a rehab doctor and get this all assessed. ...Read more
Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine includes treatment of conditions associated with SCI including spasticity, bowel and bladder issues, pain, and loss of function. Specialists in this area are certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and may have subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. The Spine Surgeon performs surgery to address spinal instability caused by fracture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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