Surfer's myelopathy

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Spinal Cord

Surfer's myelopathy is a rare nontraumatic paraparesis.[1] It is a spinal cord injury caused by hyperextension of the back. When the back is hyperextended, a blood vessel leading to the spine can become kinked, depriving the spinal cord of oxygen[2]

The condition gets its name because the phenomenon is most often seen in those surfing for the first time, but it can be caused by any activity in which the back is hyperextended (yoga, pilates, etc. In some cases the paralysis is permanent.[citation needed] As of 2007 there were 9 recorded cases but the number of people actually afflicted is higher. A study of 23 cases was published in 2013.[3]

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  1. ^ Hawkes, Christopher H.; Sethi, Kapil D.; Swift, Thomas R. Instant Neurological Diagnosis: A Companion to Neurobowl. Oxford University Press. p. 286. ISBN 9780190206284. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Harrigan, Mark R.; Deveikis, John P. (2012). Handbook of cerebrovascular disease and neurointerventional technique (2nd ed. ed.). New York: Springer. p. 816. ISBN 9781617799457. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Nakamoto, B. K.; Siu, A. M.; Hashiba, K. A.; Sinclair, B. T.; Baker, B. J.; Gerber, M. S.; McMurtray, A. M.; Pearce, A. M.; Pearce, J. W. (2013-12-01). "Surfer's Myelopathy: A Radiologic Study of 23 Cases". American Journal of Neuroradiology. 34 (12): 2393–2398. doi:10.3174/ajnr.A3599. ISSN 0195-6108. PMC 4326257free to read. PMID 23828111. 

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