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Spinal Cord Compression vs. Abutment

Spinal Cord Compression vs. Abutment

Spinal Cord Compression vs. Abutment

Spinal Cord Compression vs. Spinal Cord Abutment

When a space occupying lesion (something that doesn’t belong in a space, i.e. splinter, bullet or tumor), in the form of a herniated disc (by definition always from trauma) goes beyond the borders of the disc/vertebrate into the spinal canal, it can touch and/or push the spinal cord.  If it pushes the spinal cord against the back of the spinal canal in a “pincer” fashion with pressure both in front and back of the spinal cord this is a cord compression. When the herniated disc simply touches, or is against the spinal cord leaving space behind the spinal cord, this is a cord abutment. The difference is dramatic in symptomatology and necessity for treatment where the cord compression is a much more serious condition, often necessitating surgery. Trauma Series #9 will detail the differences.

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