Incomplete cord syndromes: Clinical and imaging review

Vamsi K. Kunam, Vinodkumar Velayudhan, Zeshan A. Chaudhry, Matthew Bobinski, Wendy R.K. Smoker, Deborah L. Reede

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Abstract

The ability to localize the three spinal tracts (corticospinal tract, spinothalamic tract, and dorsal [posterior] columns) involved in incomplete spinal cord syndromes at cross-sectional imaging and knowledge of the classic clinical manifestations of the various syndromes enable optimized imaging evaluation and provide clinicians with information that aids in diagnosis and treatment. The requisite knowledge for localizing these tracts is outlined. The authors review the spinal cord anatomy, blood supply, and course of these tracts and describe the various associated syndromes: specifically, dorsal cord, ventral cord, central cord, Brown-Séquard, conus medullaris, and cauda equina syndromes. In addition, they describe the anatomic basis for the clinical manifestation of each syndrome and the relevant imaging features of the classic causes of these entities. Knowledge of the anatomy and clinical findings of the spinal cord is essential for examining and treating patients with cord abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1201-1222
Number of pages22
JournalRadiographics
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

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Spinal Cord
Anatomy
Spinothalamic Tracts
Polyradiculopathy
Pyramidal Tracts
Fetal Blood
Therapeutics

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Kunam, V. K., Velayudhan, V., Chaudhry, Z. A., Bobinski, M., Smoker, W. R. K., & Reede, D. L. (2018). Incomplete cord syndromes: Clinical and imaging review. Radiographics, 38(4), 1201-1222. https://doi.org/10.1148/rg.2018170178

Incomplete cord syndromes : Clinical and imaging review. / Kunam, Vamsi K.; Velayudhan, Vinodkumar; Chaudhry, Zeshan A.; Bobinski, Matthew; Smoker, Wendy R.K.; Reede, Deborah L.

In: Radiographics, Vol. 38, No. 4, 01.07.2018, p. 1201-1222.

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Kunam, VK, Velayudhan, V, Chaudhry, ZA, Bobinski, M, Smoker, WRK & Reede, DL 2018, 'Incomplete cord syndromes: Clinical and imaging review', Radiographics, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 1201-1222. https://doi.org/10.1148/rg.2018170178
Kunam VK, Velayudhan V, Chaudhry ZA, Bobinski M, Smoker WRK, Reede DL. Incomplete cord syndromes: Clinical and imaging review. Radiographics. 2018 Jul 1;38(4):1201-1222. https://doi.org/10.1148/rg.2018170178
Kunam, Vamsi K. ; Velayudhan, Vinodkumar ; Chaudhry, Zeshan A. ; Bobinski, Matthew ; Smoker, Wendy R.K. ; Reede, Deborah L. / Incomplete cord syndromes : Clinical and imaging review. In: Radiographics. 2018 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 1201-1222.
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