Fibrocartilaginous embolism


A rare disorder where some of the material from a vertebral disc enters the blood supply to the spinal cord where it causes an obstruction. Symptoms are determined by where the obstruction occurs. The obstruction causes damage to part of the spinal cord resulting in neurological symptoms which can result in death depending on the size and location of the obstruction.


* Spinal cord swelling * Limb weakness * Limb paralysis * Back pain * Paraplegia * Quadriplegia * Abnormal pain sensation * Abnormal temperature sensation * Fecal incontinence


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