SCIWORA is the abbreviation of spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality 1,2. This can be an indication for MRI when there is a persisting, objective myelopathy after a traumatic event with normal plain film and CT findings. It accounts for ~10% of spinal cord injuries. 


It tends to occur in the paediatric population.

History and etymology

Initially described by Pang et al, in 1982 1,2.

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rID: 9442
System: Musculoskeletal
Section: Gamuts
Tag: spine
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA)

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