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Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome

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Jocelyn Duran

on 13 May 2014

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Transcript of Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome

By: Jocelyn Duran & Mattew Gonzalez
Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
What is the cause?
What parts of the nervous System does it affect?
Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome affects the spinal cord. Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome causes pain in the feet and legs which cause difficulty in walking.
What are the symptoms of Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome?
Symptoms of Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome include, lesions, hairy patches, dimples, or fatty tumors on the lower back, as well as foot and spinal deformities, weakness in the legs, lower back pain, urinary irregularities, and scoliosis.
Who does it affect?
What are the preventions?
There are no preventions for Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome.
What is Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome?
Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome is a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column.
How is Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome Diagnosed?
Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome is diagnosed through an MRI test. When suspected of having Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, the only way to confirm the suspicion is through an MRI. An MRI test will be used to view the lower spinal cord, to see if the spinal cord is detached or attached. It can also bediagnosed through CT Scan and an ultrasound.

What are the treatments of Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome?
For severe cases surgery is needed. Mild symptoms may involve only observation or no surgery. Surgery involves opening the lower back and detaching the spinal cords. In some cases medications may be prescribed if no surgery is needed. Medications include NSAID's, synthetic opiates
It is estimated that 20 to 50 percent of children with spina bifida defects repaired shortly after birth will require surgery at some point to un-tether the spinal cord.
Abnormal stretching of the spinal cord (closely associated with spina bifida)
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