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September 1986

The Brown-Séquard Syndrome: True or False?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Municipal Hospitals, The Hague.

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(9):921-924. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520090051015

• In recent years the name of Brown-Séquard has been assigned to syndromes caused by spinal cord damage differing widely in extension. On the basis of a review of more than 600 published cases, we propose that Brown-Séquard-plus syndromes be distinguished from the pure Brown-Séquard syndrome. This distinction is shown to be justified on clinical, anatomic, and historical grounds. Two case histories are reported herein to illustrate the essential differences between these syndromes.