Spinal cord compression secondary to vertebral echinococcosis.


We describe a patient with progressive lower limb weakness and paresthesia 3 days after falling from a considerable height. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography revealed collapsed Th2 and Th3 vertebrae. A tuberculous (TB) spondylitis was suspected, and anti-TB medication was started however with no clinical improvement. She was referred to our center and operated. A 3 level discectomy and 2 level corpectomy were performed with iliac bone grafting and anterior plating via an anterior cervical approach. The patient developed an esophagocutaneous fistula that was repaired and cured. The biopsy specimen showed a hydatid cyst of the vertebra as the cause of the lesion. After the result, she was started on oral albendazole. At follow-up nearly 4 months after surgery, the patient had regained significant power in her lower limbs with a muscular strength of 5/5 in both legs, thus making it possible to walk without support.

DOI: 10.4103/0976-3147.165357

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@article{Sahlu2016SpinalCC, title={Spinal cord compression secondary to vertebral echinococcosis.}, author={Abat Sahlu and Brook Mesfin and Abenezer Tirsit and Knut Wester}, journal={Journal of neurosciences in rural practice}, year={2016}, volume={7 1}, pages={143-6} }