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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2002 April;161(2):87-90

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Spinal epidural hematoma during anticoagulant therapy

Murgia A. P., Korzen Y., Virgili T., Felletti Spadazzi A., Ferretti S., Mercadante G.

Presidio Ospedaliero di Rovigo Azienda ULSS 18, Unità Operativa di Pronto Soccorso - Rovigo, Accettazione Medica e Astanteria


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Spinal epidural hematoma is an uncommon cause of acute spinal cord compression. Almost one third of spinal epidural hematomas is a dangerous complication of anticoagulant therapy. A case of spinal epidural hematoma in a patient on anticoagulants is presented. The clinical features, sometimes are discussed atypical and, according to the literature, the importance is stressed index of suspicion in every patient on anticoagulants that develop sudden back or radicular pain followed by sensory and motor dysfunction.

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