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Spontaneous cervical cord haemorrhage: an unusual presentation
  1. Adel Helmy1,
  2. Greg Mellor2
  1. 1Addenbrooke’s Hosptial, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Hinchinbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrA Helmy
 Neurosciences, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK; adelhelmy{at}


Spontaneous haemorrhage within or compressing the spinal cord is a rare condition that requires emergency investigation and treatment. Such a case presenting with rapidly progressive flaccid quadriparesis, with subsequent ventilatory failure is reported. In this case the patient probably had an unfortunate complication of hypertension and over-anticoagulation.

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  • Informed consent was given by this patient for publication of this report and figure.