Does surgical release of secondary spinal cord tethering improve the prognosis of neurogenic bladder in children with myelomeningocele?

Tarcan T., Onol F. F. , Ilker Y., Simek F., Ozek M.

JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, vol.176, no.4, pp.1601-1606, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 176 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.juro.2006.06.036
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF UROLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1601-1606


Purpose: The diagnostic criteria for secondary tethering of the spinal cord in children with prior closure of an open spinal defect are not well defined. Urological, neurological or orthopedic deterioration during followup remains the only strong indicator for the diagnosis of this condition. However, the outcome of untethering surgery cannot always be predicted. The aim of this study was to determine neurourological outcome after secondary untethering surgery in children with myelomeningocele.