Spinal cord stroke in a ballet dancer

Konstantinos Spengos, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Panagiotis Toulas, Sofia Sameli, Sofia Vassilopoulou, Nikolaos Zakopoulos, Konstantinos Sfagos

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Abstract

Fibrocartilaginous embolism of the intervertebral disc represents an uncommon cause of spinal cord infarction. We present the case of a previously healthy 30-year old ballet dancer who noted acute severe neck pain shortly after an intensive training session and developed weakness and numbness of both arms, as well as difficulties in emptying the bladder and bowel. Her clinical presentation and neuroimaging studies including diffusion weighted imaging were consistent with a spinal cord infarction in the anterior spinal territory at the C3-C6 spinal cord level. Although no histological confirmation was obtained, lack of evidence of other plausible diagnoses in the setting of the patient's clinical presentation and neuroimaging findings made fibrocartilaginous embolism the most likely etiopathogenetic mechanism of spinal stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-161
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Neurological Sciences
Volume244
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Dancing
Spinal Cord
Stroke
Neuroimaging
Infarction
Hypesthesia
Neck Pain
Intervertebral Disc
Urinary Bladder
Fibrocartilaginous embolism

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Spengos, K., Tsivgoulis, G., Toulas, P., Sameli, S., Vassilopoulou, S., Zakopoulos, N., & Sfagos, K. (2006). Spinal cord stroke in a ballet dancer. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 244(1-2), 159-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2006.01.003

Spinal cord stroke in a ballet dancer. / Spengos, Konstantinos; Tsivgoulis, Georgios; Toulas, Panagiotis; Sameli, Sofia; Vassilopoulou, Sofia; Zakopoulos, Nikolaos; Sfagos, Konstantinos.

In: Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Vol. 244, No. 1-2, 15.05.2006, p. 159-161.

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Spengos, K, Tsivgoulis, G, Toulas, P, Sameli, S, Vassilopoulou, S, Zakopoulos, N & Sfagos, K 2006, 'Spinal cord stroke in a ballet dancer', Journal of the Neurological Sciences, vol. 244, no. 1-2, pp. 159-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2006.01.003
Spengos K, Tsivgoulis G, Toulas P, Sameli S, Vassilopoulou S, Zakopoulos N et al. Spinal cord stroke in a ballet dancer. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 2006 May 15;244(1-2):159-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2006.01.003
Spengos, Konstantinos ; Tsivgoulis, Georgios ; Toulas, Panagiotis ; Sameli, Sofia ; Vassilopoulou, Sofia ; Zakopoulos, Nikolaos ; Sfagos, Konstantinos. / Spinal cord stroke in a ballet dancer. In: Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 2006 ; Vol. 244, No. 1-2. pp. 159-161.
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