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December 21, 1912

INTRADURAL ROOT ANASTOMOSIS FOR THE RELIEF OF PARALYSIS OF THE BLADDER: AND THE APPLICATION OF THE SAME METHOD IN OTHER PARALYTIC AFFECTIONS

Author Affiliations

Professor of Clinical Surgery in the University of Pennsylvania; Professor of Neurology in the University of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1912;LIX(25):2202-2206. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270140006002
Abstract

Any method of surgical treatment which promises relief or cure ofa distressing condition hitherto irremediable by any known treatment, medical or surgical, is worthy of close attention and of adoption after its value has been demonstrated. Incontinence of urine and of feces, especially the former, in cases of traumatism causing complete or partial paraplegia is always a distressing condition, and not infrequently one of danger through the probabilities of cystitis and general infection.

We believe that the following case is the first in which the operation of intradural anastomosis of spinal nerve roots (the first lumbar to the third and fourth sacral) has been successfully accomplished, and in only one instance has it, so far as we know, hitherto been tried. The case, as the history will show, was one of severe traumatism at first causing complete paraplegia, including incontinence of urine and feces. In a few months the paraplegia

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