Dorsal cord syndrome

Last revised by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard on 13 Sep 2018

Dorsal cord syndrome, also known as posterior spinal cord syndrome, is one of the incomplete cord syndromes resulting from pathology affecting the posterior part of the spinal cord, particularly the dorsal columns and potentially (in larger lesions) the lateral corticospinal tracts 1

Clinical presentation

The syndrome is clinically characterized by isolated loss of proprioception and vibratory sensation. 


Numerous entities can result in dorsal cord syndrome, including 1

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Cases and figures

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  • Case 1: subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord
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