More MS news articles for Nov 2001

Surgery for spinal cord compression in multiple sclerosis

Curr Opin Neurol 2001 Dec;14(6):765-9
Bashir K, Hadley MN, Whitaker JN.
Departments of aNeurology, and Surgery, bDivision of Neurological Surgery and cCenter for Neuroimmunology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and dNeurology and Research Services of the Birmingham Veterans Medical Center, Birmingham, AL, USA.

Compression of cervical spinal cord secondary to cervical spondylosis or disc herniation can result in acute or chronic myelopathy.

This may go unnoticed in patients with multiple sclerosis who frequently present with similar symptoms.

A high index of suspicion, recognition of differences in clinical features, and appropriate use of neuroimaging studies assist in the differentiation of these two disorders.

Decompression surgery in carefully selected MS patients who have coexistent spinal cord compression is well tolerated and may result in an excellent outcome.

PMID: 11723386 [PubMed - in process]