Secondary causes of tethered cord syndrome include tumors, infection or the development of scar tissue (fibrosis) connected to the spinal cord. Tethered cord syndrome may develop as a complication of spinal surgery. Trauma to the spine results in a band of scar formation attached to the spinal cord and can cause tethered cord syndrome. Though more often developed in childhood, adult tethered cord syndrome can go undetected until later in life. Related to spina bifida, this condition is characterized by a spinal cord located in an abnormally low position within the spinal canal.
Jul 30, 2018 · Identifying Tethered Cord Syndrome. Tethered cord syndrome (TCS) is rare, but no one knows exactly how prevalent it is because it commonly goes undiagnosed. It can affect children and adults, but the causes of TCS differ. In babies and children, TCS is nearly always congenital, meaning the child was born with his or her spinal cord attached to. A tethered cord, however, is held taut at the end or at some point in the spinal canal. In children, a tethered cord can force the spinal cord to stretch as they grow. In adults the spinal cord stretches in the course of normal activity, usually leading to progressive spinal cord damage if untreated.Specialty: Neurosurgery.
Tethered spinal cord syndrome is a neurologic disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column. These attachments cause an abnormal stretching of the spinal cord. This syndrome is closely associated with spina bifida. Nov 18, 2016 · To investigate effects of surgical treatment on adult tethered cord syndrome (TCS). A retrospective analysis of 82 adult patients (17 male cases, 82% and 24 female cases, 59%) with TCS treated by surgery was conducted between March, 2005 and December, 2015, with an average age of 31.6 years and Cited by: 2.
What is Adult Tethered Cord? Adult Tethered Cord is characterized by a spinal cord that is located at an abnormally low position within the spinal canal. The position in which it comes to rest in an adult (L1 or L2) is caused by the growth of the individual. The most common symptoms of tethered cord, such as back pain, abnormal gait and urinary accidents are frequently attributed to other causes during childhood. Tethered Cord (TC) is a disorder in which the spinal cord is "stuck" to a structure within the spine such as dura, scar tissue from a previous operation, a bony spicule or even a tumor.
Aug 08, 2007 · INTRODUCTION. Tethered cord syndrome (TCS) is a stretch-induced functional disorder of the spinal cord with its caudal part anchored by an inelastic structure ().Garceau first described the “filum terminale syndrome” in 1953 in 3 patients ().Two decades later, in 1976, Hoffman and colleagues coined the term “tethered spinal cord” to describe the symptoms of their patients with an Cited by: 25.