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Subacute delayed ascending myelopathy: not just a post-traumatic disorder.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  25082375     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
STUDY DESIGN: Case report.
OBJECTIVES: Subacute delayed ascending myelopathy (SDAM), also known as subacute post-traumatic ascending myelopathy, is a rare early neurological complication of spinal cord injury (SCI), and the aetiology, pathogenesis and optimal management of this condition are poorly understood. The radiological features together with the clinical picture appear to be the most useful. We aim to increase awareness and further characterise SDAM.
SETTING: Spinal Cord Injuries Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
METHODS AND RESULTS: We report two cases with radiological findings consistent with SDAM, and review the literature. Only a small number of cases have been reported and importantly, we report the first case occurring following a non-traumatic SCI. There are several hypotheses regarding pathogenesis, with several factors in our cases implicating a vascular mechanism.
CONCLUSION: There is a lack of data characterising SDAM, and ascending myelopathy in a stable SCI should alert the clinician. Importantly, we propose that SDAM is the appropriate terminology.
A C Tan; K Ng; A Newey; G Leong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spinal cord     Volume:  52 Suppl 2     ISSN:  1476-5624     ISO Abbreviation:  Spinal Cord     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-08-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609749     Medline TA:  Spinal Cord     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S11-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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