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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 presented to the Emergency Department with back pain of 2 months' duration. The pain was being managed conservatively by his 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 absent …

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