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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.

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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