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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from July 23, 2008

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In this edition of spinemonitor, Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD presents a compelling case of a patient whose severe gait and balance difficulties require him to rely on a wheelchair. Vincent Traynelis, MD discusses the case, including detection of an exceedingly rare metastatic meningioma.

Featured Case Study
Gait and Balance Difficulties in a 76-Year-old Male
Photo: Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD Case Author:
Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

The patient is a 76-year-old male who uses a wheelchair due to difficulties with gait and balance...

The patient's gait is broad-based and unsteady; he cannot tandem walk. Muscle testing revealed 3/5 left and 0/5 right extensor hallucis longus and 0/5 right Achilles tendon. Knee reflexes at 3+, all others are zero. His Babinski response and Hoffman's sign were negative. He has a history of...

MRI shows severe stenosis at C3-C4, C4-C5 and C5-C6 secondary to...

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Gait and Balance Difficulties in a 76-Year-old Male

Fig. 1 - Severe stenosis at C3-C4, C4-C5 and
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