What is the definition of Tethered Cord Syndrome?

Tethered cord syndrome is a rare neurological condition. The severity of the condition and the associated signs and symptoms vary from person to person. In some cases, symptoms may be present at birth (congenital), while others may not experience symptoms until later in adulthood. Features of the condition may include foot and spinal abnormalities; weakness in the legs; loss of sensation (feeling) in the lower limbs; lower back pain; scoliosis; and urinary incontinence. Infants and children with congenital tethered cord syndrome may also have tufts of hair, dimples, skin discoloration, or benign fatty tumors on the lower back. Tethered cord syndrome occurs when tissue attachments limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column. In some cases, it may be the result of improper growth of the neural tube during fetal development, which is closely linked to spina bifida. Other potential causes include narrowing of the spinal column (with age), spinal cord injury, tumors, and infection. Treatment varies based on the signs and symptoms present in each person and the severity of the condition but may include surgery and medications to manage pain.

What are the alternative names for Tethered Cord Syndrome?

  • Occult spinal dysraphism sequence
  • Tethered spinal cord syndrome
  • Segmental vertebral anomalies
  • Occult spinal dysraphism
  • Condition: Anticholinergic-Resistant Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity
  • Journal: Journal of medical case reports
  • Treatment Used: Vibegron
  • Number of Patients: 1
  • Published —
The study researched the use of Vibegron for treating a child with anticholinergic-resistant neurogenic detrusor overactivity.
  • Condition: Secondary Clubfoot in Young Children with Tethered Cord Syndrome (TCS)
  • Journal: Zhonghua wai ke za zhi [Chinese journal of surgery]
  • Treatment Used: Ponseti Method
  • Number of Patients: 53
  • Published —
This study explored the feasibility of the Ponseti method in the treatment of secondary clubfoot in young children with tethered cord syndrome (TCS).
Clinical Trial
  • Status: Recruiting
  • Intervention Type: Drug, Diagnostic Test
  • Participants: 105
  • Start Date: March 2, 2021
Efficacy of Contrast Enhanced Voiding Urosonography for Urodynamic Studies
Clinical Trial
  • Status: Not yet recruiting
  • Phase: N/A
  • Intervention Type: Procedure
  • Participants: 10
  • Start Date: February 2021
In Utero Fetoscopic Repair Program for Sacral Myelomeningoceles and Mye-LDM