Holocord presentation

Holocord presentation refers to a process which involves the spinal cord, from cervicomedullary junction to the tip of the conus. It does not relate to a specific condition nor does it distinguish between involvement by cystic expansion or solid tumour, or by a combination of both. It merely denotes that the whole cord is involved.

It is seen in a variety of conditions, most commonly comprising a significant syrinx component, although occasionally holocord involvement by tumour is encountered 5. Generally this is seen in young patients (children and young adults) 5.

History and etymology

The word comes from greek "holo-" meaning "whole" or "entire" and not from hollow, as is sometimes thought to be the case 1.

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rID: 19809
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