Detection and Diagnosis

Spine disorders in children may be noticeable at birth through abnormal leg or bladder function, an obvious physical deformity of the spine, or pain. The spinal cord of children born with spina bifida or myelomeningocele may be visible on the surface of their lower back.

Other signs and symptoms of a spine disorder in children include:

  • A fatty mass deep within the skin in the lower back
  • A small hole, patch of hair, or skin discoloration in the lower back
  • Malformations of the urologic and digestive tracts

Children born with a spine disorder, whose condition went undetected during infancy, may shortly thereafter develop difficulties walking or urinating, or experience pain in the lower back or legs.

To diagnose the underlying cause of your child's symptoms, your doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination, including an examination of all organ systems. Your physician may order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to confirm the diagnosis.

We can help

At The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, our neurosurgery spine team is dedicated to providing the highest level of clinical excellence for children with spinal disorders. From the newest diagnostic studies to the least invasive interventions, we tailor our treatments to suit each child's needs.

At Mount Sinai, we emphasize comprehensive care. In treating spine disorders in children, we work with members of the departments of pediatrics, urology, general surgery, rehabilitation, neurology, neonatology, and plastic surgery to provide the optimal solution for your child's specific disorder.

To make an appointment, please call The Mount Sinai Health System at 1-800-MD-SINAI (800-637-4624). We are conveniently located in the Upper East Side of New York City. 


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