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March 27, 1943

OLD STAB WOUNDS OF THE SPINAL CORD WITH SUBSEQUENT WIDESPREAD PIGMENTATION OF THE SPINAL CORD AND BASE OF THE BRAIN

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

From the Department of Neurosurgery, Veterans Administration Facility.

JAMA. 1943;121(13):1004-1006. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.62840130001008
Abstract

While stab wounds of the spinal cord are relatively rare lesions, retention of the foreign body in the spinal canal over a period of years is even more rare. The following is such a case:

REPORT OF CASE  A stab wound of the spinal canal at the age of 25 was followed by the first signs of paraplegia at the age of 43. A rusty knife blade was removed at the age of 45. Autopsy four months later revealed diffuse staining of the leptomeninges and surface of the cord with iron.J. J. D., a Negro aged 45, was first seen on Dec. 14, 1938. He was examined because of paraplegia, which had been increasing for the past two years. At the age of 25 he was stabbed in the mid-dorsal region with a knife. No immediate spinal cord symptoms appeared and no physician was consulted at the time. Subsequently

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