Spinal Cord Tethering, a Very Rare Cause of Cauda Equina Syndrome after Lumbar Disk Surgery: A Case Report

Prague Med Rep. 2020;121(1):49-54. doi: 10.14712/23362936.2020.5.


Tethered cord syndrome (TCS) may rarely remain asymptomatic until degenerative or nondegenerative lumbar diseases superimpose in adulthood and expose the hidden anomaly. In such cases, different treatment options can be selected and simultaneous detethering might be considered too. We are reporting an undiscovered TCS in a young lady who underwent lumbar diskectomy due to symptomatic disk extrusion and suffered complete cauda equina syndrome (CES), postoperatively.

Keywords: Cauda equina syndrome; Lumbar disc; Surgical complication; Tethered cord syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome*
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Polyradiculopathy*
  • Spinal Cord