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Nontraumatic myelopathy associated with surfing.
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PMID:  17684897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Ischemic nontraumatic spinal cord injury associated with surfing is a novel diagnosis believed to be related to prolonged spine hyperextension while lying prone on the surfboard. Only 9 cases have been documented. This report features possible risk factors, etiology, diagnostic imaging, and outcomes of surfer's myelopathy. DESIGN: Case report. RESULTS: A 37-year-old man developed T11 American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) A paraplegia shortly after surfing. The clinical history and magnetic resonance imaging findings were compatible with an ischemic insult to the distal thoracic spinal cord. Our patient did not have any of the proposed risk factors associated with this condition, and, contrary to most reports, he sustained a complete spinal cord lesion without neurological recovery by 8 weeks post injury. CONCLUSIONS: Surfer's myelopathy, because of its proposed mechanism of injury, is amenable to medical intervention. Increased awareness of this condition may lead to early recognition and treatment, which should contribute to improved neurological outcomes.
Israel Avilés-Hernández; Inigo García-Zozaya; Jorge M DeVillasante
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of spinal cord medicine     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1079-0268     ISO Abbreviation:  J Spinal Cord Med     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-09     Completed Date:  2007-10-05     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504452     Medline TA:  J Spinal Cord Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  288-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
Risk Factors
Spinal Cord Ischemia / diagnosis*,  etiology*,  therapy

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