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Spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality

Saswata Bharati, Anil P. Singh, Shehbaz Ahmed, Laldhar Mishra, Dinesh K. Singh

Keywords : Spinal cord injury without radiological abnormality, spinal cord concussion

Citation Information : Bharati S, Singh AP, Ahmed S, Mishra L, Singh DK. Spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality. Indian J Crit Care Med 2006; 10 (3):187-190.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.27861

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-10-2010

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2006; The Author(s).


Spinal cord injury without radiological abnormality is rare in adults. Below we present a case report of 20 yrs old male with isolated cervical cord injury, without accompanying vertebral dislocation or fracture involving the spinal canal rim. He fell down on plain and smooth ground while carrying 40 kg weight overhead and developed quadriparesis with difficulty in respiration. Plain radiographs of the neck revealed no fractures or dislocations. MRI showed bulky spinal cord and an abnormal hyper intense signal on the T2W image from C2 vertebral body level to C3/4 intervertebral disc level predominantly in the anterior aspect of the cord The patient was managed conservatively with head halter traction and invasive ventilatory support for the initial 7 days period in the ICU. In our patient recovery was good and most of the neurological deficit improved over 4 weeks with conservative management.

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