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What is tethered spinal cord syndrome?

What is tethered spinal cord syndrome?

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

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I hv spinal cord adult teratoma with tethered cord syndrome opetated before two months.Can i ride bicycle or motor bike.Pl suggest?

I hv spinal cord adult teratoma with tethered cord syndrome opetated before two months.Can i ride bicycle or motor bike.Pl suggest?

Tethered spinal cord: This question is best addressed to the surgeon that did the surgery. The normal rule is 3 months after the surgery, this to allow the bone and wound healing. The surgeon who did the surgery would be the best source of info. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tethered spinal cord?

Can you tell me about tethered spinal cord?

Tethered SC: Cause is tissue attachments which limit movements of the spinal cord within the spinal canal & cause stretching of the cord. Examples are Spina Bifida congenital anomaly, injury to the cord, or narrowing due to aging. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tethered spinal cord?

Most often pain: Will be present, and this can include neurologic signs at that level, such as sensory changes or weakness as well. If it is suspected, and MRI should be ordered and it can show tethering normally. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about a partial tethered spinal cord?

Can you tell me more about a partial tethered spinal cord?

Tethered spinal cord: A tethered spinal cord is a situation where the spinal is being held by a band, a lipoma or a tight cilium below its normal location. a "partially" tethered cord means the cord is abnormally low and a peds neurologist or neurosurgeon can determine if this is clinically significant. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a tethered spinal cord?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a tethered spinal cord?

Tethered spinal cord: A tethered spinal cord is a situation where the spinal cord is abnormally low in the spinal canal. This can be caused by a fatty lesion called a lipoma, or a tight filium, a band of tissue that comes off the end of the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Is there a preferred way to handle weakness due to tethered spinal cord?

Is there a preferred way to handle weakness due to tethered spinal cord?

Tethered cord: The best treatment option for tethered cord is surgery to detether or release the tension on the cord. If you have already had surgery then improving weakness is best treated with physical therapy. ...Read more

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My four month old is having surgery for a tethered spinal cord. How long is the recovery?

My four month old is having surgery for a tethered spinal cord. How long is the recovery?

Ask your surgeon: This will best be answered by your pediatric neurosurgeon. Okay to take family with you for consult to help log answers and instructions about this procedure. Be well. ...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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Could a prominent(possibly deformed) tailbone and neurological symptoms possibly indicate a tethered spinal cord in an adult?

Could a prominent(possibly deformed) tailbone and neurological symptoms possibly indicate a tethered spinal cord in an adult?

Nope.: Tethered cord would only cause symptoms during growth spurt when spine elongates but cord is "tethered" and thus stretched. It would have absolutely zero effect upon your coccyx. When you hear hooves, it's more likely horses not zebras. Get an MRI if neuro problems, and you will likely find nerve pressure from disc or bone spurs. These are treatable nonsurgically in most cases. ...Read more

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