Spinal subarachnoid haemorrhage presenting as spinal block without meningism

Duncombe, A.S. and Kennedy, P.G.E. (1985) Spinal subarachnoid haemorrhage presenting as spinal block without meningism. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 61(721), pp. 991-993. (doi: 10.1136/pgmj.61.721.991)

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A case of spinal subarachnoid haemorrhage with progressive spinal cord compression and without any evidence of meningism is described. Spinal block was demonstrated by myelography and computerized tomography and surgical decompression of the subarachnoid blood clot resulted in almost complete recovery. A diagnosis of spinal subarachnoid haemorrhage should be considered in any patient who presents with acute back pain and slowly or rapidly progressive neurological signs in the limbs, even when meningism is absent.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kennedy, Professor Peter
Authors: Duncombe, A.S., and Kennedy, P.G.E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Postgraduate Medical Journal
Journal Abbr.:Postgrad. Med.Jj.
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1469-0756

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