Recognizing spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma.

  title={Recognizing spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma.},
  author={Clark Watts and Louiz Porto},
  volume={31 9},
Sudden, often severe pain in the spinal region that is followed-sometimes within minutes-by paraplegia may signal spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma. This is a true surgical emergency calling for immediate laminectomy. Otherwise, the neurologic deficit becomes irreversible and the patient probably will die. The cause may be a fall or straining but in most… CONTINUE READING