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Brown-Sequard Syndrome Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Carol Vandenakker-Albanese, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
 
Updated: Mar 28, 2014
 
 

Diagnostic Considerations

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of Brown-Séquard syndrome include the following:

  • Spinal infection
  • Vascular malformation
  • Spinal cord tumor, primary or metastatic
  • Spinal cord herniation
  • Postradiation spinal cord dysfunction
  • Eccentric disk herniation with cord compression
  • Cervical disc disease
  • Decompression sickness

Differential Diagnoses

 
 
Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Carol Vandenakker-Albanese, MD Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California Davis Health System; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Director, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Carol Vandenakker-Albanese, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, North American Spine Society, American College of Sports Medicine, Association of Academic Physiatrists

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Coauthor(s)

Holly Zhao, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California Davis Health System

Holly Zhao, MD, PhD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Association, Association of Academic Physiatrists

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA Professor of Clinical Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program Director, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Acknowledgements

Michael T Andary, MD, MS Professor, Residency Program Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michael T Andary, MD, MS is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Medical Association, and Association of Academic Physiatrists

Disclosure: Allergan Honoraria Speaking and teaching; Pfizer Honoraria Speaking and teaching

Michael S Beeson, MD, MBA, FACEP Professor of Emergency Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy; Attending Faculty, Akron General Medical Center

Michael S Beeson, MD, MBA, FACEP is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Emergency Physicians, Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, National Association of EMS Physicians, and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

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Samuel M Keim, MD Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine

Samuel M Keim, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

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Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin

Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Disclosure: Medtronic Neurological Grant/research funds Speaking and teaching

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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