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Term:Tethered cord
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Accession:HP:0002144 term browser browse the term
Definition:During normal embryological development, the spinal cord first occupies the entire length of the vertebral column but goes on to assume a position at the level of L1 due to differential growth of the conus medullaris and the vertebral column. The filum terminale is a slender, threadlike structure that remains after the normal regression of the distal embryonic spinal cord and attaches the spinal cord to the coccyx. A tethered cord results if there is a thickened rope-like filum terminale which anchors the cord at the level of L2 or below, potentially causing neurologic signs owing to abnormal tension on the spinal cord.
Synonyms:exact_synonym: Occult spinal dysraphism
 xref: MESH:D009436;   SNOMEDCT_US:70534000;   UMLS:C0080218

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  Human phenotype 0
    Phenotypic abnormality 0
      Abnormality of the nervous system 0
        Abnormal nervous system morphology 0
          Morphological central nervous system abnormality 0
            Abnormality of the spinal cord 0
              Abnormal conus terminalis morphology 0
                Tethered cord 0
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