Spinal cord ischemia


This case shows an example of acute spinal cord ischaema resulting as a complication of aortic dissection. The spinal cord is involved in up to 10 % of the cases of aortic dissection, particularly those involving the descending aorta. This is due to occlusion of the intercostal arteries, artery of Adamkiewicz, or thoracic radicular artery.