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J Clin Neurosci. 1998 Jul;5(3):338-9.

Acute cervical cord injury complicating Klippel-Feil deformity and mimicking 'man in the barrel' syndrome.

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  • 1Neurology Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville, South Australia 5011, Australia.


This case illustrates the need to recognize a high cervical cord injury as a cause for bi-brachial weakness with intact bi-crural power, a pattern termed aptly by Sage as 'man in the barrel' syndrome. The patient who had an undiagnosed Klippel-Feil deformity had incurred his cervical injury after a collapse.

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