Anterior Spinal Artery Syndrome

by Carlo Raj, MD

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    Here’s an important topic. I’m going to slow down here just a little bit because I want us to be clear about things. Anterior spinal artery syndrome. Think about where you are. So this is spinal cord. First and foremost, do not confuse this with anterior cerebral artery, either on your boards or on your wards. It has nothing to do with the brain right now. So think about where the anterior spinal artery is. It’s located anteriorly, obviously, in the spinal cord and pretty much taking care of the motor aspect of the spinal cord. Is that clear? Granted it’s rare but, oh my goodness, you must be familiar with it and you’ll see why even more so as we continue this because I need to give you more information that is extremely current for your understanding. As you move anterior spinal artery all the way from the rostral to the caudal, Can you picture that? So, from the head and down towards the lower extremity. You are going to get to a point of approximately T8. And at the level of T8, it’s interesting because now, I want you to think about the spinal cord and think about what’s anterior to it, and I’m going to bring to your attention a structure called the abdominal aorta, okay? So, where are you right now? Level of T8. Why am I bringing this up? You’ll see in a second. And anterior to the spinal cord would be the abdominal aorta. There are branches of that abdominal aorta, which we then refer to as being arteries of Adamkiewicz. Once again, when you talk about spinal cord anatomy, be familiar with some of the vascular supply, especially at the level of T8, and specifically, this is called artery of Adamkiewicz. I want...

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    The lecture Anterior Spinal Artery Syndrome by Carlo Raj, MD is from the course Spinal Cord Pathology.

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    1. The patient has no bowel or bladder dysfunction.
    2. The patient has sparing of the dorsal columns.
    3. The patient has preservation of the joint and vibration sense.
    4. The syndrome affects the spinothalamic and corticospinal tracts.
    5. The patient has infarction of the anterior 2/3 of the spinal cord.
    1. T8 and below
    2. T10 and below
    3. C1 and above
    4. C5 and above
    5. T6 and above
    1. Loss of the joint position and vibration sense.
    2. Dysfunction of the bladder causing incontinence.
    3. Loss of pain sensation.
    4. Loss of temperature sensation.
    5. Spastic type of paralysis.

    Author of lecture Anterior Spinal Artery Syndrome

     Carlo Raj, MD

    Carlo Raj, MD

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