Central Cord Syndrome in the Elderly Who Fall: a Diagnostic Trap
A. Adunsky, H. Semo, S. Levenkrohn
Geriatric Rehabilitation Dept., Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer
Acute post-traumatic spinal injury is common and usually poses no diagnostic difficulties. Following a low-energy fall, the onset of acute central cord syndrome in the elderly is not common and is frequently misdiagnosed. Men aged 60 and 81, and a woman aged 75 are described, in whom central cord syndrome was overlooked. Awareness of this condition is important to avoid incorrect diagnosis and hazardous management.