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Spinal epidural hematoma is a rare disease that may present as motor paralysis, sensory disturbance, and a sudden radiating pain from the hematoma site. Herein, we report two cases of cervical epidural hematoma diagnosed as left hemiplegia and treated with surgery. Case 1 was a 62-year-old woman who presented to our hospital with the chief complaint of posterior neck pain and left upper and lower limb paralysis. Cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a cervical epidural hematoma at the C4-C6 level. Case 2 was a 67-year-old man who presented to our hospital with a history of hypertension. Both patients had left hemiparesis, numbness in the left upper and lower limbs, and hypersensitivity. They were diagnosed with idiopathic cervical epidural hematoma and underwent emergency surgery (hematoma removal + laminoplasty). In case 1, the paralysis improved immediately after the surgery. In case 2, the paralysis and hypersensitivity improved markedly after the surgery, and the manual muscle testing grade of the left upper and lower limbs improved from 3 to 5 on the second day. Both patients were subsequently discharged home unaided. In cases where the paralysis does not improve, it is important to exclude stroke, diagnose cervical epidural hematoma as soon as possible, and consider surgery aggressively. Copyright © 2022, Yamamoto et al.


Ryo Yamamoto, Masashi Ito, Hiroki Shimuzu, Kenichi Wakabayashi, Hirofumi Oyama. Two Cases of Cervical Epidural Hematoma Presenting With Left-Sided Hemiplegia and Requiring Surgical Drainage. Cureus. 2022 Apr;14(4):e23915

PMID: 35530909

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