Tethered spinal cord (1607)

Key points below

What is the spinal cord?two spinal cord pics

The spinal cord is a long structure of nerve cells which starts at the bottom of the skull and ends in the lower back.

What is a tethered spinal cord?

A tethered spinal cord is attached or “tied” to tissue in the spinal canal.

What are common signs and symptoms of tethered spinal cord?

How is it treated?

A neurosurgeon may recommend surgery for tethered spinal cord:

The goal of the surgery is to prevent signs and symptoms from getting worse. If left untreated, there can be permanent problems.

During surgery, a cut (incision) is made in the lower back. The neurosurgeon separates the spinal cord from the tissue around it.

What happens after surgery?

Other teaching sheets that may be helpful

Teaching Sheet # 1079 Mud flap


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