Journal of Neurosurgery Research and Reviews

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Case Report | Volume 3 | Issue 1 | DOI: 10.36959/363/410 Open Access

Late Clinical Presentation of Tethered Cord Syndrome

Aziz Ahizoune, MD and Hatim Belfquih, MD

  • Aziz Ahizoune 1*
  • Hatim Belfquih 2
  • Specialist of Neurology, Department of Neurology, Avicenne Military Hospital of Marrakech, Morocco
  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Avicenne Military Hospital of Marrakech, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco

Ahizoune A, Belfquih H (2020) Late Clinical Presentation of Tethered Cord Syndrome. J Neurosurg Res Rev 3(1):33-34

Accepted: June 15, 2020 | Published Online: June 17, 2020

Late Clinical Presentation of Tethered Cord Syndrome

Fifty six-years-old man with history of asthma and recurrent urinary tract infections, was presenting infrequent urine leakage for five years. The clinical examination was unremarkable. The urodynamic assessment revealed an overactive bladder with limited closing pressure. Intravenous Urography was performed and did not show any obstructive abnormalities, but we found out an incidental spina bifida of sacral vertebrae (Figure 1A). Therefore, a spinal MRI was performed and showed a tethered cord syndrome with intra-dural lipoma of the terminal filum (Figure 1B, Figure 1C, Figure 1D and Figure 1E). After oxybutinechlorhydrate as medical treatment, our patient showed marked symptom relief without recurrence for 12 months at follow up.

TCS comprises symptoms that results of fixation and excess strain on the spinal cord caused by stretching. Common symptoms include pain, motor deficits, sensory deficits, bladder dysfunction, and bowel dysfunction [1]. This affection is very uncommon in adults and detethering is generally recommended if patients have deteriorating symptoms. Asymptomatic patients with an incidentally found tethered cord should be closely monitored for onset of symptoms as our case [2].


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