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Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography:
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e31821e277b
Neuroradiology

Surfer's Myelopathy-Demonstrated by Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Case Report and Literature Review

Lieske, Jonathan MD, MPH; Cameron, Brian MD; Drinkwine, Benjamin MD; Goretzke, Sean MD; Alemi, Lily MD; Needham, Kenneth MD; Ventura, John MD, MPH; Ho, Van Thong MD; La Barge, Donald V. III MD

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Abstract

The authors present a case of "surfer's myelopathy," a rarely described syndrome characterized by nontraumatic paraparesis/paraplegia in novice surfers and theorized to result from spinal cord ischemia secondary to surfing-related positional hyperextension. Imaging and clinical course of the youngest known affected individual are discussed, including evidence of acute spinal cord infarction on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, a finding not previously described in the literature.

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