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Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2011-201063
  • Images in emergency medicine

Paediatric back pain and a limp

  1. 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}gmail.com
  • Accepted 27 December 2011
  • Published Online First 2 March 2012

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 …