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Irreversible damage to the spinal cord following spinal anesthesia

Hamandi, Khalid, Mottershead, J., Lewis, T., Ormerod, I. C. and Ferguson, I. T. 2002. Irreversible damage to the spinal cord following spinal anesthesia. Neurology 59 (4) , pp. 624-626. 10.1212/WNL.59.4.624

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The authors report five patients with damage to the distal spinal cord following spinal anesthesia. The patients developed leg weakness and sensory disturbance. MRI of the lumbosacral spine showed an abnormal area of high signal within the conus medullaris in all patients. Symptoms and signs persisted at 1- to 2.5-year follow-ups. Incorrect needle placement and type of needle used are possible factors leading to spinal cord injury.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Neurology
ISSN: 0028-3878
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:41

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