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Myelopathies 

Myelopathies
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Myelopathies
Author(s):

Patty P. Atkinson

and Jessica P. Floyd

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190244927.003.0044
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date: 17 October 2019

A myelopathy is a disorder of the spinal cord. The symptoms and signs of myelopathy can vary depending on which part of the spinal cord is affected and on the cause of the myelopathy. Certain causes of myelopathy tend to affect distinct areas of the spinal cord. The severity of myelopathies can vary even the causes are identical. Also, the severity of symptoms in compressive myelopathies can depend on how quickly the compression occurs; an acute event often causes more severe symptoms than chronic compression. This chapter discusses the clinical features and evaluation of myelopathies in general, followed by a more specific discussion of various form of myelopathy.

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