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Study explores spinal column shortening for tethered cord syndrome in pediatric patients

July 10, 2017

For children and young adults with tethered cord syndrome, investigators of this study found spinal column shortening was a safe and efficient alternative treatment to untethering the spinal cord.

Researchers retrospectively reviewed seven children and young adults who underwent spinal column shortening for either primary or secondary tethered cord syndrome. Average follow-up was 31 months. Preoperatively and at 2 weeks, 3 months and 6 months postoperatively, and every year thereafter, investigators assessed gait, bowel and bladder function. They also assessed patient-reported outcomes with the Scoliosis Research Society Outcomes Questionnaire (SRS-22) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). A fusion assessment was performed 12 months postoperatively based on CT findings.

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January 24, 2017
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