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Spinal Cord Vasculature: radiographic correlation of anatomy and pathology. 2012

General Spine

Andrew, D, Nicholson, MD
Abdul, Tarabishy, MB,BS, Non ASSR Member
Arthur, J, Fountin, MD, Non ASSR Member

Poster

Purpose

1. Review the anatomy of the arterial and venous blood vessels supporting the spinal cord. 2. Demonstrate through clinical examples the importance of this anatomy when encountering spinal vascular pathology.

Methods & Materials

CONTENT ORGANIZATION 1. Anatomy of arterial and venous supply to the spinal cord. 2. Examples showing the imaging features of most commonly encountered spinal arteries through both catheter-angiograms and CT/MR angiograms. 3. Radiographic demonstration of spinal cord vascular pathology.

Conclusion

Knowledge of the underlying anatomy and radiographic appearance of the normal spinal blood supply is of utmost importance in making an accurate diagnosis of spinal cord vascular pathology. Although these entities are not frequently diagnosed, when encountered they can present a diagnostic challenge - and they can lead to devastating neurologic symptoms if the patient doesn't receive the appropriate treatment. As such, it is felt a review of the anatomy and frequently encountered pathologic entities will be useful.

References/Financial Disclosures

No Financial Disclosures.

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