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[Tethered cord syndrome in adults]

VÁRADY Péter1, BENOIST György1, PÁSZTOR Emil1

JANUARY 20, 1993

Clinical Neuroscience - 1993;46(01-02)

[The tethered cord syndrome is resulted from the abnormally low position and traction of the conus medullaris in the lumbosacral region, that leads to progressive dysfunction of the caudal spinal segments. It originates from various ectodermal abnormalities, all due to errors of embryonic development in the 3rd-4th weeks. The disorder is manifested by progressive motor, sensory and trophic deficits in the legs and by incontinence. The adult onset is rare. The MRI is the most important procedure for pathoanatomic evaluation. The surgical aim is to stop progressivity and to cure the reversible deficits. We report our six cases and present the data of the literature concluding the caracteristics, the surgical indications and outcome of the tethered cord syndrome in adults.]

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