Spinal cord infarction secondary to nucleus pulposus embolization in pregnancy

Shweta Uppal, Subasini Dash, Leroy Sharer, William Clark Lambert, Debra S. Heller, Patrick Pullicino

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Nucleus pulposus (NP) embolism is an extremely rare cause of spinal cord Infarction. To our knowledge, It has not been reported in pregnancy in the English literature. A 41-year-old pregnant woman presented with clinical symptoms initially attributed to a transverse myelitis. After a complicated clinical course, she expired, and was found at autopsy to have NP embolism to the spinal cord. In conclusion NP embolism is a rare cause of spinal cord infarction, and should be considered in the differential of a patient presenting with symptoms compatible with spinal cord infarction in the pregnant as well as nonpregnant state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
JournalModern Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Infarction
  • Intervertebral disk
  • Spinal cord


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