The tethered spinal cord: Diagnosis, significance, and management

D. G. McLone*, F. La Marca

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-208
Number of pages17
JournalSeminars in pediatric neurology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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