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Injury to the spinal cord without radiological abnormality (SCIWORA) in adults.

Kothari P, Freeman B, Grevitt M, Kerslake R ...see all

The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume, vol. 82, issue 7 (2000) pp. 1034-7

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Injury to the spinal cord without radiological abnormality often occurs in the skeletally immature cervical and thoracic spine. We describe four adult patients with this diagnosis involving the cervical spine with resultant quadriparesis. The relevant literature is reviewed. The implications for initial management of the injury, the role of MRI and the need for a high index of suspicion are highlighted.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Central Cord Syndrome
  • Central Cord Syndrome: diagnosis
  • Cervical Vertebrae
  • Cervical Vertebrae: injuries
  • Cervical Vertebrae: radiography
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement: diagnosis
  • Longitudinal Ligaments
  • Longitudinal Ligaments: injuries
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quadriplegia
  • Quadriplegia: etiology
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: diagnosis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: radiography
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Fractures: diagnosis
  • Thoracic Vertebrae
  • Thoracic Vertebrae: injuries

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  • P Kothari

  • B Freeman

  • M Grevitt

  • R Kerslake

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