alexa Spinal Cord Injury Without Radiological Abnormality (SCIWORA): Is It Still a Notable Definition?

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Spinal Cord Injury Without Radiological Abnormality (SCIWORA): Is It Still a Notable Definition?

Due to Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologies which led to significant changes in the radiological diagnostic criteria of the Spinal Cord Injury without Radiological Abnormality (SCIWORA). Moreover, some authors even introduced alternative definitions for this specific disease recently. This study is to report an adolescent case with pure SCIWORA and to clarify its definition in the literature. A 16 year-old adolescent patient with thoracolumbar SCIWORA together with a pelvic fracture after a vehicle accident was presented in this case report. In neurological examination, both extremities were graded as Frankel type A. The X-ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging revealed the right ischium-superior pubic ramus fracture and only edema of the spinal cord at T12, L1 and L2 vertebral levels, subsequently. In this high dose of methyl-prednisolone was administered. Pelvic fracture was promptly fixed with an external fixator. After continuous follow-up period of two years, the neurological status of the patient showed progression to Frankel B. The patient continues to his life with wheelchair. In conclusion, an adolescent case with SCIWORA that fulfills all its original criteria was reported and a review of the literature was discussed in this study. For describing special pathology, SCIWORA seems still to be the best ideal term.

 

 

Spinal Cord Injury Without Radiological Abnormality (SCIWORA): Is It Still a Notable Definition?

 
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