Idiopathic Spinal Cord Herniation

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AS Tandon, D Saxena

Hong Kong J Radiol 2014;17:e5-8

DOI: 10.12809/hkjr1412144

Idiopathic spinal cord herniation is a rare spinal cord disorder caused by spinal cord prolapse through a dural defect. Idiopathic spinal cord herniation usually occurs in the thoracic spine between the T4 and T7 vertebral levels. Neurological symptoms are slowly progressive and worsen over time, although timely diagnosis and treatment may enable reversal of symptoms. Clinical suspicion and magnetic resonance imaging lead to the diagnosis, with the latter demonstrating focal herniation of the spinal cord through an anterior dural defect. This report describes a patient with idiopathic spinal cord herniation diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging and the literature about this rare entity.




AS Tandon, D Saxena