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What are the possible symptoms or complications associated with a tethered cord?

What are the possible symptoms or complications associated with a tethered cord?

Spinal cord problems: The syndrome results from a stretching of the spinal cord which may be clinically manifest by pain, weakness, sensory changes, gait disturbance, or bowel and bladder dysfunction. The symptoms will often present after growth of the patient which may result in further stretching of the spinal cord. Sometimes repetetive movements may also trigger the symptoms. ...Read more

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Brother born spina bifida now 31 diagnosed with tethered spinal cord. Needs detethering how common/successful is it? Should he see dr in usa or sydney

Brother born spina bifida now 31 diagnosed with tethered spinal cord. Needs detethering how common/successful is it? Should he see dr in usa or sydney

Depends on symptoms: Neurosurgeons both in australia and the usa are quite capable of doing this. Practicality and logistics should dictate where it should be done. Success with detethering depends upon the symptoms that are present, and also the age at which symptoms present. Have a detailed discussion with the neurosurgeon, and perhaps get a second opinion. Choose one who does a fair number of these, at a sb center. ...Read more

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I have T5-6 Extrusion onto a tethered cord causing high grade cord compression, effacement and flattening. is there a pain solution other than drugs?

I have T5-6 Extrusion onto a tethered cord causing high grade cord compression, effacement and flattening. is there a pain solution other than drugs?

Tethered spinal cord: Not an easy question to answer - sounds like you have significant cord compression and need some surgical options considered. The pain is from the compression of the roots and cord - I would suggest a consultation with a neurosurgeon to discuss the various options of treatment. ...Read more

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My 4y.O has freq neck pain-noticed most on days she has pt where they work on heel-cord tightness. Her MRI ruled out tethered cord. Could it be wrong?

Very unlikely: But have the doctors assessed her upper spine. Most of these kids have a natural level of inflexibility which hurts when overuse of the muscles occurs, such as during therapy. A rare condition such as a vertebral anomaly or a chiari malformation may cause such symptoms.Unfortunately, space limitations prevents an explanation, but ask your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is a tethered cord and is it serious?

What is a tethered cord and is it serious?

Yes: A tethered cord happens when the end of the spinal cord (the filum terminale) is attached to the sacrum. As growth occurs, this puts tension on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Is occult tethered cord a common condition?

Is occult tethered cord a common condition?

Quite rare: The spinal cord gradually moves up the spinal canal with growth. If the cord (filum terminale) that connects it to the bottom of the spine is too tight, traction develops with growth. Mri can show thick cord and low lying cord that may need surgery to release. Incontinence and difficulty in use of the legs may develop to indicate need for surgery. If no symptoms, no need to treat. ...Read more

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What are the possible symptoms or complications associated with a tethered cord?

Spinal cord problems: The syndrome results from a stretching of the spinal cord which may be clinically manifest by pain, weakness, sensory changes, gait disturbance, or bowel and bladder dysfunction. The symptoms will often present after growth of the patient which may result in further stretching of the spinal cord. Sometimes repetetive movements may also trigger the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is Tethered Cord Syndrome?

What is  Tethered Cord Syndrome?

Spinal cord low: In fetal life, the spinal cord segments line up with the vertebral segments. As a child grows, the end of the cord rises. In a tethered cord, it is fixed in place and cannot rise. As a result the cord is put on stretch. Consequences include problems with bladder and bowel function when your would have expected toilet training would be completed. ...Read more

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What are the criteria for tethered cord syndrome?

What are the criteria for tethered cord syndrome?

Tethered Spinal Cord: Syndrome refers to ~ 6 congenital spinal cord anomalies as well as trauma to or surgery of the spinal cord. Neurological & musculoskeletal signs & symptoms, therefore, vary with age & developmental stage. An older child or adult can manifest bladder & bowel incontinence, weakness, numbness, pain &, in kids, progressive deformities of the legs & feet, difficulty standing or walking & back pain. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is tethered cord in children?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is tethered cord in children?

Tethered cord: Tethered cord is a term used to described the spinal cord being "tethered" a situation where it is too low in the lumbar region. Normally the cord ends at what we call the t12-l1 level, anything below the L2 is considered tethered meaning too low. The decision to surgical treat this, or untreated the cord is based on the child's neurological symptoms. ...Read more