Spinal cord compression

Dr Ian Bickle and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Spinal cord compression is a surgical emergency, usually requiring prompt surgical decompression to prevent permanent neurological impairment.

Pathology

Etiology

There are numerous causes of cord compression. These can be divided according to the location of the compressing mass:

Lesions of the cord itself can present in a similar manner to extrinsic cord compression, but are usually considered separately (e.g. spinal cord tumors, spinal cord abscess).

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Article information

rID: 13830
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Compression of the spinal cord
  • Cord compression

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: from disc protrusion
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  • Case 2: from degenerative anterolisthesis
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  • Case 3: from epidural abscess
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  • Case 4: from an epidural phlegmon
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  • Case 5: from neurofibromas
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  • Case 6: epidural hematoma
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  • Case 7
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  • Case 8: metastatic cord compression
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  • Case 9: from renal cell carcinoma metastases
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  • Case 10
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  • Case 11: metastatic cord compression
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