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Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome

Tethered spinal cord syndrome is caused by abnormal tissue attachments at the bottom of the spinal cord. Under normal conditions, the spinal cord hangs loose inside the spinal column freely floating in the cerebrospinal fluid. As the person grows taller with growth it may move up. However, when someone is affected by tethered spinal cord syndrome, the cord stay attached at its base, which causes unwanted stretching as a child starts growing. This may damage the spinal cord

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Can a nerve disorder cause weakness and bladder problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 year old male. I am suffering from a unique neurological disorder for about 5 years. I have consulted many doctors, but there is no improvement. So, I want your suggestion in regard to this. I am explaining my problem below. Five years ago, one morning when I got up from bed, I ...  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that you have numbness and weakness in legs, difficulty in walking and difficulty in passing urine. Please scan and send all the reports you have with you. We will evaluate and get back to you.   Read Full »

Can my back pain occur due to the tethered spinal cord?

Query: Hello doctor, It is about nine months since I have had L4 hemilaminectomy, L5 foraminotomy and drilling of bone fracture at L4-L5 level. I had an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) two months later due to severe pain. The MRI report presented inflammation and edema of the back muscles, inflammation of...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The tethered cord is a result offibrosis and inflammation. Your symptoms of back pain and weakened bowel and bladder movements could be explained with the tethered cord. The changes in ...  Read Full »

The X-ray reveals a cleft on the T12 vertebra. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is one day old and on an X-ray, it is showing a cleft-like appearance on the T12 vertebra. The hospital is telling us to follow up with an orthopedic. My question is what can this mean now and in the future?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The cleft can be just superficial or deep going up to the spinal cord. If it is superficial, then it will not be of a major concern. If its deep, then there can be tethering of the spinal cord or bifid cord which can lead to neurological disorders of the lower limb...  Read Full »

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