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An unexpected cause of palmar paraesthesia in a soldier : a case report

By Matthew Psaila and Kirill Micallef Stafrace


Athletes presenting with neurological symptoms merit thorough assessments that in most cases will include investigations with one or more imaging modality. Imaging is especially useful in atypical presentations of neurological pathology (both acute and chronic) as was the instance in the presented case report.\ud The case of a 22-year-old male soldier is presented who presented with a two week history of paraesthesia involving his right hand. After being assessed by the military medical officer, a presumptive diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy was made and appropriate treatment was prescribed. Symptoms persisted despite treatment and following an inconclusive cervical X-Ray, a magnetic resonance scan was booked that confirmed the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. The patient was admitted to hospital and started on intravenous methylprednisolone and beta-interferon therapy with resolution of his symptoms.\ud This case highlights the usefulness of imaging in confirming diagnosis, especially in atypical presentations of pathology afflicting the neurological system. Atypical symptoms, lack of response to standard therapy and inconclusive initial radiological investigations, should prompt the physician to carry out further detailed imaging modalities. The choice of the latter will need to reflect the working differential diagnoses. With reference to the presented case, imaging plays a role not only in diagnosis but also in assessing response to treatment and disease progression.peer-reviewe

Topics: Multiple sclerosis -- Case studies, Nervous system -- Wounds and injuries, Nervous system -- Diseases -- Casestudies
Publisher: Malta Medical Journal
Year: 2015
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Provided by: OAR@UM

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