Myelography in patients with acute cauda equina syndrome

Laasonen, E.M.; Ehrström, J.; Servo, A.

Rofo Fortschritte auf dem Gebiete der Rontgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin 127(1): 41-45


ISSN/ISBN: 1438-9029
PMID: 142733
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1230654
Accession: 068521937

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An emergency myelography was performed on 51 patients with acute cauda equina syndrome. Altogether 23 total obstructions for various causes were found; as well as 13 disc herniations, 2 spinal stenoses and 13 patients with minimal findings in water-soluble myelography. A scheme was developed to analyse the cause of the obstruction and the level of the obstruction in disc herniation cases. The scheme seems to function fairly well, although we have had three errors in the diagnoses of 23 obstructions.