Untethered filum terminale presenting as cauda equina lesion

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  • We report the case of a young girl with recurrent bladder dysfunction. Magnetic resonance imaging performed for evaluation of initial urologic symptoms revealed a low-lying conus medullaris. She underwent an L5 laminectomy and cord untethering by sectioning of the filum terminale. After initial improvement of bladder function, her symptoms returned 4 years later. Repeat magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a new intradural lesion at L2. At surgery she was found to have an untethered, thickened, coiled filum terminale at L2.
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  • Charles Mace J; Cure J; Bailey BN; Slorrs BB
  • Start Page

  • 191
  • End Page

  • 194
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 4