Multiple sclerosis of the spine

Case contributed by Dr Vougiouklis Nikos


Hemiparesis of the left foot for a month.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

T2 TSE acquisition shows a high signal oblong lesion in the peripheral lateral zone of the cervical spine.

T1 post gadolinium image shows ring-like enhancement of the lesion.

FLAIR image shows a high signal of the white matter in contact with the occipital horns of the lateral ventricles, an additional finger-like lesion was seen in the corpus callosum.
The last findings, the character of the spinal lesion and the clinical image make the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis the first choice.

Case Discussion

Spinal lesions in multiple sclerosis rarely show an expansion over more than the height of two vertebral bodies. Bigger lesion should cause thinking about differential diagnoses.
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Case information

rID: 17121
Published: 18th Mar 2012
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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