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Int J Clin Exp Med. 2015 Sep 15;8(9):16787-92. eCollection 2015.

Delayed myelopathy secondary to stab wound with a retained blade tip within the laminae: case report.

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Department of Spine Surgery, Third Hospital of HeBei Medical University Shijiazhuang, China.


Delayed neurologic deficit after a stab wound with a retained foreign body near the spinal canal is unusual, adequate radiological examination is fundamental in detecting retained foreign bodies, especially the CT scan, surgical extraction of the foreign body is the primary task and the surgical outcome is satisfactory. Here, we report a rare case of delayed myelopathy caused by spinal stenosis secondary to broken blade tip within thoracic laminae in an old man, who was injured in a knife attack 39 years ago. The incidence, clinical presentation, diagnosis and prognosis are discussed.


Delayed neurologic deficit; retained foreign body; stab wound


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