SCIWORA is an abbreviation for spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality1,2. It tends to occur in the paediatric population.
This is can indication for MR imaging when there is a persisting objective myelopathy after a traumatic event even with normal plain film and CT findings.
Initial described by Pang et.al, in 1982 1
- 1. Andrew I. Gelbman and Marcus S. Maydew, Cervical Laminar Torus Fracture in a Child , AJR 2001; 176:769-770
- 2. Injury to the spinal cord without radiological abnormality (SCIWORA) in adults P. Kothari,J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 2000;82-B:1034-7.