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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from February 2, 2009

In this edition of spinemonitor, Gerard J. Girasole, MD presents cervical myelopathy in a pediatrician.  Thomas Mroz, MD from the Cleveland Clinic discusses the case and includes his observations and treatment preference.

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Cervical Myelopathy in a Pediatrician
Photo: Gerard J. Girasole, MD Case Author:
Gerard J. Girasole, MD
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Trumbull, CT

The patient is a 74-year-old female practicing pediatrician whose symptoms have progressed over a 6-month period. She reports progressive left arm numbness, wasting...

She is 5'2" and weighs 130 pounds. She is a non-smoker. There is pain and exacerbation of...

Prior Treatment
Except for some...

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Cervical Myelopathy in a Pediatrician

Fig. 2 - Cervical myelopathy
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