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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-48

Low-grade dorsal spinal cord astrocytoma presented with paraplegia following minor trauma

Department of Radiology, King Fahd Hospital of the University, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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Bander F Al-Dhafery
Department of Radiology, Vascular Interventional Radiologist, King Fahd Hospital of the University, University of Dammam, P.O. Box 40053, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.128453

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Although they constitute about one third of spinal cord glial neoplasms, low-grade astrocytomas can present variably. Post-traumatic neurologic dysfunction due to low-grade spinal cord gliomas is an uncommon event. The authors report a case of paraplegia following minor traumatic event in an 18-month-old boy where subsequent imaging was directed to exclude intracranial hemorrhage. Upon further investigations which included spine-computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, a hemorrhagic intraspinal neoplasm was discovered and confirmed to be a low-grade astrocytoma. This case illustrates an instance of significant neurological deficit caused by intratumeral hemorrhage and swelling.

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