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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF CHILD NEUROLOGY (IJCN)   SPRING 2013 , Volume 7 , Number 2; Page(s) 47 To 50.
 
Paper: 

SPONTANEOUS VENTRAL SPINAL EPIDURAL HEMATOMA IN AN INFANT: AN UNUSUAL PRESENTATION

 
 
Author(s):  ABBAS ASAD*, AFZAL KAMRAN, MUJEEB ATHAR ABDUL, SHAHAB TABASSUM, KHALID MOHAMMAD
 
* DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU MEDICAL COLLEGE, ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY, ALIGARH, UP, INDIA
 
Abstract: 

Objective:
Spontaneous ventral spinal epidural hematomas are extremely rare in children and clinically recognized by the appearance of acute asymmetric focal motor and sensory involvement. In infants, the initial presenting symptoms are very non-specific and irritability is often the only initial manifestation. Appearance of other neurological signs may be delayed up to hours or even days later. In the absence of significant precipitating factors such as severe trauma or previously known coagulopathies, the diagnosis is usually delayed until the full picture of severe cord compression is developed. The diagnosis is finally made by performing magnetic resonance imaging. We report a 5-month-old infant with spinal epidural hematoma who presented with symmetrical upper limb weakness and diaphragmatic involvement to highlight the importance of recognizing the atypical manifestations for early diagnosis and intervention.

 
Keyword(s): SPINAL HEMATOMA, SPINAL EPIDURAL HEMATOMA, SPONTANEOUS EPIDURAL HEMATOMA, MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING, NEUROLOGICAL DEFICIT
 
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