Publication: Spinal transient ischemic attack: Rare and treatable cause of transient weakness win radicular pain
Transient ischemic attack (TIA) of spinal cord (SC) is very rare and characterized by sudden onset of paralysis, sensory loss, back pain. We present a patient with acute painful paraplegia and symptoms resolved within a few hours. We identified 10 patients in literature search. Five of them were male, the mean age of patients was 53.8. Para paresis/pleji was present in all. Only two patients did not have radicular pain. Vascular risk factors were hypertension in five patients, smoking in five and diabetes mellitus in one. TIA period ranged from 1 min to 24 h. The most common etiology was aortic dissection (n=6). Four patients had aortic thrombosis. Six patients were treated with medical and surgical methods; other four were treated with only medically. SC ischemia and aortic diseases should be kept in mind in short term/persistent acute spinal syndromes with pain.