Spinal subarachnoid hematoma resulting from lumbar myelography

Michael D. Sather, M. D. Gibson, J. S. Treves

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We describe a rare complication of myelography. A subarachnoid filling defect was apparent on the postmyelographic CT but not on conventional myelography. MR imaging performed later showed a spinal subarachnoid hematoma (SSAH), extending from L3 to L5. Lumbar puncture may rarely be a cause for SSAH and is more common in patients with coagulopathy. Significant back pain, paresis, radiculopathy, and even altered consciousness or meningeal signs may herald an SSAH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-221
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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