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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
Print version ISSN 1681-150X


BOMELA, L  and  DUNN, RN. Gunshot face as a cause of hyperextension central cord syndrome in a young patient. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.1, pp.34-39. ISSN 2309-8309.

Central cord syndrome (CCS) is a syndrome where the patient's upper limbs are more severely affected than the lower limbs in terms of neurological deficit. This is typically found in an elderly patient with pre-existing spondylosis and a minor hyperextension injury. This case report highlights an unusual cause of CCS in a young patient with pre-existing congenital cervical canal stenosis and acute hyperextension induced by a facial gunshot. The aetiology and management dilemmas are discussed.

Keywords : central cord syndrome; gunshot; hyperextension; spinal cord injury.

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