[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 29-year-old woman who was pregnant for 12 weeks presented with headache for one week and drowsiness for two days. Computed tomography of the brain revealed multifocal hematomas with mass effect. Decompressive craniectomy was done to relieve the increased intracranial pressure. Magnetic resonance angiography and cerebral angiography were subsequently performed, both demonstrating thrombosis of the left transverse sinus. Treatment of sinus thrombosis generally includes correction of increased intracranial pressure and administration of anticoagulants, such as heparin. However, in this case heparin was contraindicated for the presence of intracranial bleeding, a clinical dilemma that requires careful considerations to balance treatment risks and benefits.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report a case of surgically proven tophaceous gout of the lumbar spine at the L5-S1 level that mimicked infectious spondylodiscitis and epidural abscess on magnetic resonance (MR) images in a 65-year-old woman. The spinal tophi were hypointense on T1-weighted images; focally and strongly hyperintense on T2-weighted images; and heterogeneously, marginally enhancing on contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images. The aim of this report is to emphasize the importance of considering this disease entity in the differential diagnosis of an epidural mass in a patient with chronic back pain.
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 02/2005; 12(1):44-6. · 1.25 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The authors report a very rare case of high cervical ossification of the ligamentum flavum (OLF) in a 40-year-old woman who developed an intractable cough after a traffic accident. The patient's symptoms subsided immediately after decompressive laminectomy and removal of the lesion. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first reported case of high cervical OLF in a patient who presented with a cough. The pathophysiological mechanism underlying the cough was determined to be symptomatic of high cervical spine OLF.