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Accidents of the Embryo:

Spina Bifida and Variations at Birth

Chapter 8

Spina Bifida and Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
This individual was born with an abnormally formed lower spinal cord. The cord extends to the L5 lumbar level instead of terminating at L1 as in most people. The spinal cord was tethered or attached to the dura at this level. As she grew to adult height, she began to experience numbness and pain in the legs associated with the stretching of her spinal cord..