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Davison's hemianaesthetic hemiplegia

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    Occlusion of the anterior segment of the spinal artery causes quadriplegia if the occlusion is at the upper end of the spinal cord, or a flaccid paralysis of the legs with vibratory and position sense conserved; dissociated sensory loss (coldness of skin) if it is at the lower end. A variety of other neurological complications include radicular paresthesia, stabbing pain and a feeling of pressure in the waist region, weakness, cramps, deafness, and pain. Sphincter control and sexual disorders are usually present. Thrombosis, trauma, neoplasms, arteriosclerosis, and other spinal disorders are the most common causes of this syndrome.


    • C. Davison, S. P. Goodhart, N.Santsky:
      The syndrome of the superior cerebellar artery.
      Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, Chicago, 1935, 33: 1143-1173.
    • C. Davison:
      Syndrome of the anterior spinal artery of medulla oblongata.
      Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, Chicago, 1937, 37: 91-107.
    • C. Davison:
      Syndrome of the anterior spinal artery of the medulla oblongata.
      Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, 1944, 3: 73-80.
    • K. Beck:
      Das Syndrom des Verschlusses der vorderen Spinalarterie.
      Deutsche Zeitschrift für Nervenheilkunde, 1951-1952, 167: 164-186.
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