Tethered cord

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Lawson


Incidental finding during workup for radicular pain.

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Male

The conus ends abnormally low at the level of L3. The filum is thickened and fatty (particularly at the S2 level). Better seen on the previously obtained CT of the lumbar spine the sacrum demonstrate unfused posterior elements consistent with spina bifida. No evidence of meningocoele or lipomeningocoele, although some soft tissue stranding in the midline is present.

Conclusion: No evidence of neural foraminal compromise or spinal stenosis. No paraspinal enhancing masses or evidence of diskitis or osteomyelitis. Spina bifida and tethered cord.


CT demonstrating spina bifida.

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Case information

rID: 26099
Published: 29th Nov 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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