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Role of diffusion MRI in diagnosis of spinal cord infarction in children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18991201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Anterior spinal artery (ASA) infarction is a rare but well-described cause of flaccid paraparesis in adults, presenting with a high thoracic spinothalamic sensory level and preservation of dorsal column function. Careful sensory examination, demonstrating loss of spinothalamic modalities with preservation of dorsal column modalities, supports a clinical diagnosis of ASA infarction. Findings on conventional MRI of the spinal cord are often non-specific, and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is not routinely performed. We describe four children with ASA infarction after minor trauma. DWI was performed in all cases and confirmed the clinical diagnosis.
L A Beslow; R N Ichord; R A Zimmerman; S E Smith; D J Licht
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2008-11-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuropediatrics     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0174-304X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuropediatrics     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-10     Completed Date:  2009-01-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8101187     Medline TA:  Neuropediatrics     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  188-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Neurology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anterior Spinal Artery Syndrome / diagnosis*,  etiology
Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Hypesthesia / etiology,  pathology
Infarction / diagnosis*,  etiology
Spinal Cord / blood supply*
Spinal Cord Ischemia / diagnosis,  etiology
Wounds and Injuries / complications

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