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Spinal cord infarction secondary to nucleus pulposus embolization in pregnancy

By Shweta Uppal, Subasini Dash, Leroy Sharer, William Clark Lambert, Debra S. Heller and Patrick Pullicino

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Nucleus pulposus (NP) embolism is an extremely rare cause of spinal cord infarction. To our knowledge, it has not been reported in pregnancy in the English literature. A 41-year-old pregnant woman presented with clinical symptoms initially attributed to a transverse myelitis. After a complicated clinical course, she expired, and was found at autopsy to have NP embolism to the spinal cord. In conclusion NP embolism is a rare cause of spinal cord infarction, and should be considered in the differential of a patient presenting with symptoms compatible with spinal cord infarction in the pregnant as well as nonpregnant state

Topics: RC0321
Publisher: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, 345 PARK AVE SOUTH, NEW YORK, NY 10010-1707 USA
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:12295
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