Surgery involving the cauda equina and tethered cord can be associated with significant functional disability including pain, motor and sensory deficits, as well as bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction. Neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring and mapping during these surgeries using a variety of techniques and applications contributes to lessen the risk of permanent injury. This chapter reviews the anatomy of the pelvic floor, describes the techniques involved in monitoring and mapping this area, and describes the limitations of neurophysiology applications. Additionally, this chapter details mapping and monitoring techniques as they apply to tethered cord surgical release in both children and adults with review of outcome studies, and describes complications which can arise from tethered cord repair and injury to the cauda equina despite appropriate neurophysiologic intraoperative involvement.

Chapter 15 - Mapping and monitoring of tethered cord and cauda equina surgeries

Sala, Francesco
2022

Abstract

Surgery involving the cauda equina and tethered cord can be associated with significant functional disability including pain, motor and sensory deficits, as well as bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction. Neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring and mapping during these surgeries using a variety of techniques and applications contributes to lessen the risk of permanent injury. This chapter reviews the anatomy of the pelvic floor, describes the techniques involved in monitoring and mapping this area, and describes the limitations of neurophysiology applications. Additionally, this chapter details mapping and monitoring techniques as they apply to tethered cord surgical release in both children and adults with review of outcome studies, and describes complications which can arise from tethered cord repair and injury to the cauda equina despite appropriate neurophysiologic intraoperative involvement.
978-0-12-819826-1
Tethered cord
Neurophysiology
Cauda equina
Monitoring
Mapping
Intraoperative
Neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring
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