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Tethered Cord Syndrome

  • Author(s): Catmull, Shawn
  • Ashurst, John
  • et al.
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Tethered spinal cord syndrome refers to signs and symptoms of motor and sensory dysfunction related to increased tension on the spinal cord due to its abnormal attachment; it has classically been associated with a low-lying conus medullaris. Treatment is primarily surgical and has varying degrees of results. Although rarely diagnosed in the emergency department, the emergency physician must be aware of the disease in patients presenting with signs and symptoms concerning for cauda equina syndrome.

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