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Neurologic complications of gas myelography by the lumbar route.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1030319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Gas myelography is not a new technique, but its acceptance in neuroradiologic diagnosis has been relatively recent. Previously reported series have emphasized the benign nature of this technique and the lack of significant accompanying complications. From a series of 174 gas myelograms performed during a four-year period, two reports are presented wherein transient exacerbation of neurologic deficit followed exchange of cerebrospinal fluid and gas under pressure by the lumbar route. One patient with cervical spondylotic myelopathy experienced an increase in paresis, while another was found to have marked fasciculations. Speculation regarding possible mechanisms involved with these complications is presented. It is suggested that exchange of cerebrospinal fluid and gas under pressure via the lumbar route be used with caution in those patients with compromised cervical spinal cords.
F K Gregorius; U Batzdorf; S J Goodman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bulletin of the Los Angeles neurological societies     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0024-659X     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Los Angeles Neurol Soc     Publication Date:  1976 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-11-25     Completed Date:  1977-11-25     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0064572     Medline TA:  Bull Los Angeles Neurol Soc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Gases / diagnostic use
Lumbosacral Region
Middle Aged
Myelography / adverse effects*,  methods
Spinal Cord Diseases / etiology*
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