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.
From the *Departments of Radiology, †Neurosurgery, and ‡Pediatric Neurology, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA; §Department of Family Medicine, Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, VA; ∥Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and ¶Emergency Medicine, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA.
Received for publication March 21, 2011; accepted April 5, 2011.
Reprints: Jonathan Lieske, MD, MPH, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23708-2197 (e-mail: Jonathan.firstname.lastname@example.org).
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