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History of infarction of the spinal cord.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12953617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In 1825 Astley Cooper described the first account of ligation of the abdominal aorta. The patient developed loss of feeling in his lower limbs, incontinence of urine and died after several days. A post mortem was carried out but not, unfortunately, of the spinal cord. This case was recorded again by Astley Cooper, by Brock in 1940-41, and again by Ellis in 1994. Whilst there was early recognition of infarction of the brain, infarction of the spinal cord was thought to be almost unknown by Charcot in 1883 but it was recorded in the English literature by Bastian in 1886 and Williamson in 1894. There were isolated case reports but it was the advent of major surgery upon the aorta in the Second World War that drew attention to the frequency of this condition. The subsequent evolution of our recognition of infarction of the cord is described. The present situation, where it can be caused by a fall in blood pressure without there being direct interference to the blood supply, is evaluated.
Authors:
J R Silver
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the history of the neurosciences     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0964-704X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hist Neurosci     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-04     Completed Date:  2003-10-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9441330     Medline TA:  J Hist Neurosci     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  144-53     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Affiliation:
National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Bucks, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Europe
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Humans
Infarction / history*
Male
Spinal Cord / blood supply*
Spinal Cord Ischemia / history*

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