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Online Presentation
What's That on My Baby's Back?
Tethered Spinal Cord: Diagnosis & Treatment

Date: Thursday, Feb. 27th
Time: 12:00 PM CST
Where: Online
View the archived presentation video here »

Tethered Spinal Cord Webinar ImageHairy patches, dimples or fatty tumors on the lower back of a child could be signs of tethered spinal cord syndrome, a progressive neurological disorder resulting from improper growth of the neural tube during fetal development. What many people don’t know is that tethering of the spinal cord can happen either before or after birth in children. Upon diagnosis, many parents are left wondering what treatment options are available and which ones are best for their child.

If you suspect your child may have tethered spinal cord syndrome, it is essential to have him or her tested to accurately diagnose and treat the condition. While there is no way of preventing tethered spinal cord syndrome, many individuals experience positive outcomes with the appropriate treatment.

Join an interactive discussion with renowned pediatric neurosurgeon David l. Sandberg, M.D., Thursday, Feb. 27 at noon, to learn about the diagnosis of tethered spinal cord in children and the latest in treatment options at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Sandberg will answer questions submitted during the presentation.


  • Signs and symptoms
  • Appropriate tests and imaging studies for children with tethered spinal cord
  • Surgical management of tethered spinal cord
  • What to expect if your child has surgery
  • Long-term treatment options
  • Follow-up care

About the Host

David Sandberg MD Online PresentationDavid l. Sandberg, M.D., FAANS, FACS, FAAP

  • Fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon and director of pediatric neurosurgery, Mischer Neuroscience Institute/Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Neurosurgery/Pediatric Surgery, UTHealth Medical School
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Extensive research and specialization in minimally invasive endoscopic approaches to pediatric brain tumors, hydrocephalus, congenital spinal anomalies, vascular malformations, spasticity and craniofacial disorders in children
  • Author of seven book chapters, 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 national and international meeting presentations; serves as a reviewer for eight major pediatric and neurology journals