Two adult patients with tethered cords whose symptoms mimicked those of lumbosacral intervertebral disc herniation are reported. Neither one of the patients had cutaneous stigmata, and one had normal plain x-ray examination of the spine. Magnetic resonace imaging in both patients demonstrated tethering of the cord. Untethering of the cord resulted in disappearance of the symptoms in both patients. These unusual cases suggest that tethering of the cord must be included in the differential diagnosis of the herniated lumbar intervertebral disc syndrome.