Tethered cord is the result of fixation of the spinal cord, which limits motion in the caudal-rostral direction. Most children either have cutaneous markers or a predisposing condition. Prophylactic release of the spinal cord can prevent the long-term disabilities associated with this condition. Although delayed release, following the onset of a neurological deficit, may reverse some lost function, it is unlikely to restore bladder and bowel function.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Clinical Neurology