Fibrocartilaginous embolism: A cause of acute ischemic myelopathy

K. Tan, E. R. Hammond, D. Kerr, A. Nath

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Study design: A case report of fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) presenting as acute myelopathy. Objectives: To illustrate the clinical presentation and magnetic resonance imaging features of FCE. Setting: Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center. Case report: A 16-year-old boy was diagnosed with ischemic myelopathy secondary to FCE 2 years after symptom onset. Diagnosis was delayed because the clinical and radiological characteristics were not recognized initially. After rehabilitation, the patient made a modest recovery. Conclusions: Diagnosis of FCE can be made by recognition of the characteristic clinical and radiological features and a high index of suspicion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-645
Number of pages3
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009



  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism
  • Herniation
  • Intervertebral disc
  • Ischemic myelopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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Tan, K., Hammond, E. R., Kerr, D., & Nath, A. (2009). Fibrocartilaginous embolism: A cause of acute ischemic myelopathy. Spinal Cord, 47(8), 643-645.