Challenging Myelopathy Cases

Rafid Mustafa, Nicholas L. Zalewski, Eoin P. Flanagan, Neeraj Kumar

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Misdiagnosis of myelopathies is common and can lead to irreversible disability when diagnosis-and disease-specific treatments are delayed. Therefore, quickly determining the etiology of myelopathy is crucial. Clinical evaluation and MRI spine are paramount in establishing the correct diagnosis and subsequently an appropriate treatment plan. Herein, we review an approach to myelopathy diagnosis focused on the time course of neurologic symptom progression and neuroimaging pearls, and apply them to a variety of inflammatory, structural, and vascular myelopathy cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)723-734
Number of pages12
JournalSeminars in Neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • dural arteriovenous fistula
  • myelitis
  • spinal cord infarction
  • spondylosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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