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CASE REPORTS
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 214-217

Fractured cervical facet osteophyte causing acute traumatic myelopathy: Case report


Spine Department, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, India

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Bharat K Patel
Spine Department, Department of Spine Surgery, Nanavati Super Speciality hospital, S. V. Road, Vile Parle west, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
India
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DOI: 10.4103/isj.isj_44_20

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A 52-year-old gentleman presented with acute onset quadriparesis of ten days duration after a trivial fall. Both extremities had grade-2 power. Bilateral hand grip was poor with interossei weakness. The sensation was reduced below C6 with positive Lhermitte’s sign. Deep tendon reflexes were exaggerated except absent bilateral biceps jerk. The bowel and bladder had urgency and frequency. Neck movements were terminally painful. CT and MRI showed a floating bony spicule adjacent to left C5-6 facet joint encroaching the spinal canal causing cord compression. A focal left C5 hemi-laminectomy and foraminotomy were performed. A onecm floating bony spicule adjoining to left C5-6 facet joint was excised. Biopsy ruled out osteochondroma and synovial cyst. The power improved to grade-4 in both extremities with moderate grip and he became dependent ambulatory within three months of surgery. At the end of two years, he recovered almost completely with residual mild left-hand grip weakness.


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