Volume 7, Issue 2 (Spring 2021)                   Iran J Neurosurg 2021, 7(2): 113-118 | Back to browse issues page


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Singh V, Arif S H. Spinal Subdural Hematoma With Paraplegia Mimicking Dorsolumbar Prolapsed Disc: A Case Report. Iran J Neurosurg. 2021; 7 (2) :113-118
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1- Department of Neurosurgery, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, India , dr.vishalsingh1689@gmail.com
2- Department of Neurosurgery, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, India
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Background and Importance: Spinal Subdural Hematoma (SSH) is a rare condition with an unknown incidence in the general population. Iatrogenic spinal subdural hematoma radiologically mimicking a prolapsed dorsolumbar disc has not been published in the literature.
Case Presentation: A 65-year-old female presented with altered sensorium and generalized weakness for 3 days evaluated by a neurologist who diagnosed it as a metabolic encephalopathy with Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone secretion (SIADH) with severe anemia and hypothyroidism. She underwent a diagnostic lumbar puncture and following which, within 24 hours, she developed weakness of both the lower limbs. MRI of dorsolumbar spine was done which revealed D12-L1 extruded disc causing severe compression to the conus medullaris with D12-L2 subarachnoid lesion and cord edema. On opening the dura, a large organized hematoma on the anterior aspect of the conus was seen and evacuated.
Conclusion: Spinal subdural hematoma presents with a spectrum of signs and symptoms. Although MRI is the investigation of choice but SSH presenting like a prolapsed intervertebral disc on MRI is one of its kinds and should be kept in mind since it carries a grave prognosis if not treated early with emergency decompression.
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