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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-58

Tethered cord syndrome in adolescents: Report of two cases and review of literature

Department of Neurosurgery, S.C.B. Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India

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Souvagya Panigrahi
Department of Neurosurgery, S.C.B. Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack - 753 007, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.111426

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The symptoms of tethered cord syndrome (TCS) cases mostly appear during infancy and childhood. Though the adolescent presentation of TCS is well-recognized, it continues to pose significant diagnostic and management controversies. In this report, we describe two cases of adolescent onset TCS associated with two different etiologies. Our first case, an 18-year-old girl who presented due to overflow incontinence in association with TCS was diagnosed to have lumbar meningocele. The second case, a 19-year-girl presenting with perianal anesthesia and bowel and bladder incontinence had lipomyelomeningocele as the cause of TCS. Both of them underwent untethering surgery. The clinical charts and follow-up data were studied in respect to the clinical manifestation, surgical intervention and outcome with a brief review of pertinent literature.


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