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Z Kinderchir. 1984 Dec;39 Suppl 2:100-3.

The tethered spinal cord syndrome.


The results of surgical treatment of the tethered spinal cord syndrome in twenty-five children in the age range six weeks to nineteen years are reported. After a description of the symptomatology, the importance of neuroradiologic investigations including myelography and CT-scanning as well as urodynamic studies are explained. The operative techniques are described in cases of tight filum terminale, lipoma of the filum terminale, diastematomyelia, lipomyelomeningocele and meningocele. Early operation is essential to avoid the neurological damage which results from awaiting the onset of symptoms. The aim of the operation is to free the conus medullaris and cauda equina before mechanical traction or compression damages function in lumbosacral cord.

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