OVERVIEW TO APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH NONCOMPRESSIVE MYELOPATHY

Spinal Cord Disorders p. 13-24 June 2005, Vol.11, No.3 doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000293718.40497.96
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Acute noncompressive myelopathies represent a heterogenous array of disorders that result in spinal cord dysfunction. Myelopathic signs and symptoms reflect dysfunction of ascending and descending axons and local neural circuits and may be caused by a variety of abnormal processes, including ischemia, inflammation, infection, or venous hypertension. This chapter will articulate a strategy for classification of patients with noncompressive myelopathies based on early clinical and radiological features and will review a recently proposed diagnostic algorithm.

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