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Spinal Epidural Hematoma—The Great Mimicker: A Case Series

Vineeth C Karapparambil, Venugopalan Poovathumparambil, Abhiram A Kumar, Ahammed Shaheem Pilathodan, Deepak Rajan

Keywords : Aortic dissection, Compression, Spinal cord, Spinal epidural hematoma, Stroke

Citation Information : Karapparambil VC, Poovathumparambil V, Kumar AA, Pilathodan AS, Rajan D. Spinal Epidural Hematoma—The Great Mimicker: A Case Series. 2024; 3 (3):61-63.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11006-0106

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 03-05-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) refers to the occurrence of spontaneous bleeding into the epidural space of the spinal cord without trauma or any iatrogenic procedures that result in compressive myelopathy. It is a rare condition that presents with acute onset neck pain or back pain with neurological symptoms. Clinical presentation will be variable, and the occurrence of neurological symptoms may be delayed depending on the level and extent of involvement of the bleed. So, this condition can mimic many other diagnoses, and unless diagnosed and managed promptly, the patient will have a poor outcome. In this case report, we describe three cases that had varying presentations and were initially misleading.

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