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Paediatric back pain and a limp
  1. Joseph D Freeman,
  2. Prasanthi Govindarajan
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joseph D Freeman, Department of Emergency Medicine, 505 Parnassus Ave, Room 24, Box 0203, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA; josephfreemanmd{at}

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A pre-adolescent was presented to the emergency department with back pain of 2 months' duration. The pain was being managed conservatively by a primary care physician and this visit to the emergency department was prompted by progressive weakness of his right lower extremity. Physical examination was significant only for decreased motor function and …

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