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Irreversible damage to the spinal cord following spinal anesthesia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12196664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors report five patients with damage to the distal spinal cord following spinal anesthesia. The patients developed leg weakness and sensory disturbance. MRI of the lumbosacral spine showed an abnormal area of high signal within the conus medullaris in all patients. Symptoms and signs persisted at 1- to 2.5-year follow-ups. Incorrect needle placement and type of needle used are possible factors leading to spinal cord injury.
K Hamandi; J Mottershead; T Lewis; I C Ormerod; I T Ferguson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurology     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0028-3878     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurology     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-28     Completed Date:  2002-09-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401060     Medline TA:  Neurology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  624-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Neurology, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anesthesia, Spinal / adverse effects*
Lumbosacral Region
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Aged
Needles / adverse effects,  classification
Spinal Cord Injuries / diagnosis*,  etiology*

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