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Brown-Sequard syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Hemicord syndrome
  • Hemiparaplegic syndrome
  • Hemispinal cord syndrome
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How might Brown-Sequard syndrome be treated?

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What is Brown-Sequard syndrome?

Brown-Sequard syndrome is a rare neurological condition characterized by a lesion in the spinal cord. This condition results in weakness or paralysis on one side of the body (hemiparaplegia) and a loss of sensation  on the opposite side (hemianesthesia). Brown-Sequard syndrome may be caused by a spinal cord tumor, trauma (such as a puncture wound to the neck or back), obstructed blood vessel, or infectious or inflammatory diseases such as tuberculosis, or multiple sclerosis. Treatment and prognosis depends on the underlying cause of the condition.[1]
Last updated: 12/22/2010

How might Brown-Sequard syndrome be treated?

Treatment for individuals with Brown-Sequard syndrome focuses mainly on the underlying cause of the disorder. Early treatment with high-dose steroids may be beneficial in many cases.[1] Physical, occupational and recreational therapy are important aspects of patient rehabilitation.[2] Other treatment is symptomatic and supportive.[1]
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Last updated: 12/22/2010