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Rubber neck or not: a look back at a neck injury

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posted on 2023-08-21, 13:32 authored by Emmeline Shaw

Myelomalacia is a condition caused by injury to the spinal cord and is known to progress over time. The condition occurs due to reduced blood supply to the spinal cord, resulting in softening of the cord. Discussed here is a case of a 47-year-old male who presented with forearm tremor and spasm 11 years post neck trauma due to an ice hockey injury. The neck injury presented gradually over the course of 11 years, with an increasingly dramatic tremor and twitching of the left forearm and index finger. The diagnosis was confirmed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a neurology consultation. This clinical scenario is rare and demonstrates the broad variability of sequelae resulting from a remote neck injury, which can range from mild symptoms to paralysis. 



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Shaw E. Rubber neck or not: a look back at a neck injury. RCSIsmj. 2021;14(1):16-19

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