Indian Journal of Orthopaedics Surgery

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Transient quadriparesis without bony injury in overhead weight carrying labourers-cervical cord concussion—myelopraxia

Article : Open access

Article type : Case Report

Volume : 6

Issue : 1

Year : 2020

Author : Shashikant B Ganjale

Page no : 46-49

Abstract : SCIWORA- Spinal cord injury without radiological abnormality is well known entity and terminology described and introduced by Pang andWilberger and defined as clinical symptoms of traumatic myelopathy without any radiological or computed tomographic features of spinal fracture or instability. 1 The injury to the spinal cord is caused by a contusion or ischemia due to temporary occlusion of vertebral arteries followed by a spontaneous return of vertebrae to their original position. 1 A similar phenomenon or mechanism of injury is noticed in labourers carrying overhead heavy weights and noticed sudden quadriparesis during deloading the overhead heavy weight. There is transient ischemia of cervical spinal cord which recovers in due course of time with conservative treatment. This type of cervical spinal cord injury can be compared with neuropraxia type of injury in peripheral nerves, which recovers in short span of time. So a new terminology of cervical spinal cord injury – cervical spinal cord concussion can be postulated or nomenclated as MYELOPRAXIA. Keywords: Transient quadriparesis, Overhead heavy weight carrying, Labourers, Myelopraxia.