ALTHOUGH information is rapidly accumulating concerning spinal arachnoiditis, confusion still exists regarding many aspects of the diagnosis and prognosis of the disease. Much of this confusion arises from a failure to realize that arachnoiditis may be associated with considerable variation in its etiology, location, pathologic process, individual response and clinical course.1 The present cases are reported to illustrate in particular the exacerbation-remission type of course frequently seen in patients with spinal arachnoiditis. Such fluctuations in clinical manifestations explain many controversial elements concerning physical changes, abnormalities of the spinal fluid and prognosis.
The 4 cases presented were selected from 8 cases of dorsal arachnoiditis of the dorsal spinal region studied at the Strong Memorial Hospital. The diagnosis was verified in 2 cases at operation and indicated in the remaining 2 cases by virtue of compatible clinical manifestations and subarachnoid studies.
REPORT OF CASES
—A woman aged
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