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Could a person have a tethered cord and not have spina bifida?

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Dr. Edison McDaniels
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Yes

There are several potential causes of tethered cord and many of them have nothing to do with spina bifida.
It can be sorted out with a good neurologic exam and perhaps an MRI of the lumbar spine. Tethered cord is not common however, and there are many much more common reasons to have pain or weakness in the legs (if that is what you are experiencing). Good luck.

In brief: Yes

There are several potential causes of tethered cord and many of them have nothing to do with spina bifida.
It can be sorted out with a good neurologic exam and perhaps an MRI of the lumbar spine. Tethered cord is not common however, and there are many much more common reasons to have pain or weakness in the legs (if that is what you are experiencing). Good luck.
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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery

In brief: Spina bifida

While a tethered cord is commonly associated with spina bifida you can also have a tethered cord not associated with this disorder.

In brief: Spina bifida

While a tethered cord is commonly associated with spina bifida you can also have a tethered cord not associated with this disorder.
Dr. James Goodrich
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