Severe cervical spinal canal stenosis on CT myelogram

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Six weeks of ataxia and falls. Hyperreflexic lower limbs. Loss of proprioception in both upper and lower limbs. Right hand weakness.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Male

Multilevel degenerative disc disease with uncovertebral and facet joint arthropathy. There is a C4/5 central disc extrusion, along with buckling and calcification of the ligamentum flavum, resulting in severe central canal stenosis with marked cord compression. Mild foraminal narrowing bilaterally.

Case Discussion

CT myelography is useful in assessing patients with potential cord or nerve compression where MRI is contraindicated (most commonly an incompatible permanent pacemaker). Water soluble low ionic contrast is injected via lumbar puncture (usually image guided). This patient proceeded to an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) to treat the severe central canal stenosis. 

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Case information

rID: 48896
Published: 30th Oct 2016
Last edited: 30th Sep 2019
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