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Myopathy

-any disease that affects the spinal cord

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Spinal Cord Anatomy

-ends at L1-L2
-Spinal Taps: done b/w L4 & S1
-most back pain is lumbar
-bad things happen in thoracic area

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Parts of Spinal Cord

-1. Corticospinal tract (hyper-reflexia, spasticity, Babinski, weakness)
2. Post. Columns (loss of vibration, position sense, Romberg sign)
3. Spinothalamic tract (loss of pain & temp)
4. Anterior Horn Cells (flaccid weakness, hypo-reflexia fasiculations)
5. Root (lancinating pain, numbness, hypo-reflexia)

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Anatomy of Spinal Cord: Inside to Outside

-cord
-pia mater
-subarachnoid space
-subdural space
-dura
-epidural space (fat)
-bone

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Leptomeningeal

-within subarachnoid space

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extrdural

-epidural

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intradural

subdural

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Intramedullary

-within spinal cord parenchymal

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Conus

-end of spinal cord
-L1/L2

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Nipple Line

T4
-sensory level

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Umbilicus Line

T10
-sensory level

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What is common in spinal cord lesions?

-sphincter dysfunction
-micturition ultimately controlled by CNS
-bladder symptoms

-long axons from the frontal lobe of brain synapse in the thoracic & sacral areas of the spinal cord (those tracts are vulnerable to injury)

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2 types of bladder symptoms that occur with spinal cord lesions?

1. acute lesions - urinary retention with some overflow incontinence
2. chronic lesions - small spastic bladder that does not completely empty with spasms and urge incontinence

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Acute & Subacute myelopathies are?

emergencies
-recognize signs & symptoms, neuro-radiologic testing, lumbar puncture if neuro neg.
-Therapy is usually IV steroids

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Chronic Myelopathy Approach to Patient

-signs & symptoms
-neurotesting
-lumbar if neuro neg
-therapy directed to cause of treatment

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History/Exam of patient with Myelopathy

-other illness, fever, location of pain, neuro symptoms, pace of symptoms
-neuro exam: motor, sensory, reflexes, gait

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Progression of Epidural Lesion A

hours to days
-motor symptoms usually early (hyperreflexia, Babinski sign, hard to walk) may NOT be weak
-Sensory: root irritation, hypersensitive to touch, band or girdle-like sensation in abdomen
-Urinary Urgency

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Progression of Epidural Lesion B

-Motor: legs are spastic & weak, brisk reflexes, babinski sign +
-Sensory: root area totally numb (ipsilateral), pain in contralateral LE is dec. (spinothalamic)
-Partial Brown-Sequard (hemi-cord syndrome)
-Definite sphincter dysfunction

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Progression of Epidural Lesion C

hours to days (may be acute)
-Motor: flaccid, arflexic due to spinal cord shock or spastic paraparesis if more chronic or subacute
-Sensory: complete sensory level to all modalities at level of lesion

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Myelopathy - Disc Disease

-severe disc disease in the cervical or thoracic cord - can cause epidural cord compression & myelopathy
(herniated & degenerative)
Treatment: steroids & surgery

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Spinal Cord Trauma

-Paraparesis/paraplegia
-Quadriparesis/Quadriplegia
-Vertebral body compression
-Hematoma
-Spinal Cord Infarct
-Cord transection

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Spinal Cord Trauma: Injury Protocol

-Methyprednisolone

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Causes of Spinal Cord Dysfunction in Patients with Cancer

-Epidural cord compression: tumor, abscess, hematoma
-Intramedllary processes: metastases, abscess, hematoma, syrinx
-Other: radiation, chemo, paraneoplastic
-Neoplastic meningitis
-Spinal arachnoiditis

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Epidural Myelopathy due to metastatic cancer

-compression is common complication
-cancer enters vertebral body (weakens, expands then compresses the spinal cord)
-Lung, breast, prostate

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When to get spinal tap?

-when no evidence of cord compression form imaging

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Where does most metastatic cancer begin>

-vertebral body

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Where does most spinal abscesses begin?

-disc space
then expand to cause spinal cord compression

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Most common spinal cord infection?

-staph aureus (IV drug users)

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Test of choice for spine?

-MRI

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Epidural Abscess

-fever, pain on percussion, elevated white count, elevated ESR

-Risk factors: IV drug use, HIV, immunosuppression