12 year old boy undergoes 11-hour Surgery for Rare Spinal Defect at Gleneagles Global Health City

26-Jun-2019

A 12 year-old boy from Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu was diagnosed with lipomyelomeningocele causing tethering of the spinal cord.  

Lipomyelomeningocele, is an abnormal fatty mass that grows inwards to the spinal cord. The rare spinal defects caused tethered cord syndrome where the spinal nerves become adherent at the bottom of the spinal canal, making the spinal cord less able to grow as the child grows and causes traction on the cord. Doctors at Gleneagles Global Health City performed 11-hours marathon surgery in two stages, the first stage involved the debulking of the mass and thereby releasing the cord and the second stage was to correct the deformity with instrumented fusion.

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