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Symptoms of Lipomyelomeningocele

All babies with a lipomyelomeningocele have a spinal cord that is stuck (tethered) into the fatty mass. This pulls the spinal cord downward. Tethered spinal cord can cause symptoms, including:

  • Back and leg pain
  • Weak and numb legs
  • Changes in bladder and bowel control

Lipomyelomeningocele Diagnosis

Usually, doctors can see a lipomyelomeningocele when a baby is born. They may see a lump or some other type of mark on your baby's back, such as a fat pad, birthmark, dimple or tuft of hair.

Your child's doctor will ask for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the spine to get a better view of your baby's spinal cord and any abnormalities associated with it.

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