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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 1999 September;43(3):201-3

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Stretching (?) of the spinal cord as a cause of paraplegia in a patient with Cushing’s syndrome

Morello A., Lentini G., Gambino G., Randisi M. G.

Institute of Neurosurgery, University of Palermo, Palermo


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Paraplegia ­with a ­total anes­the­sia lev­el ­was ­found in a ­patient ­who ­had Cushing’s syndrome. There ­was ­marked oste­o­por­o­sis of ­the ­spine ­and a mod­er­ate ­wedge ­shaped com­pres­sion frac­ture of ­the T4 ver­te­bral ­body ­but no sten­o­sis of ­the ­canal ­could be ­observed. On ­the ­grounds of ­the CT find­ings stretch­ing of ­the spi­nal ­cord ­caused by ­the rap­id­ly evolv­ing kypho­sis of ­the tho­rac­ic ­tract ­has ­been ­thought to be ­the respon­sible fac­tor of ­the clin­i­cal def­i­cits.

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