Ischemic injury to the spinal cord as a cause of transient paraplegia

John M. Howell, David A. McFarling, Carey D. Chisholm

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Spinal cord ischemia presenting as acute paraplegia is an uncommon occurrence not previously reported in the emergency medicine literature. Paraplegia due to spinal ischemia is seen most commonly after intraoperative aortic manipulation; however, acute hypotension and prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation are also reported settings. The differential diagnosis of acute, nontraumatic paraplegia includes mechanical spinal cord compression, acute transverse myelitis, and polyneuritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-219
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1987


  • Nontraumatic paraplegia
  • spinal ischemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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