A role for myelography in assessing paraparesis

Ir Med J. 2008 Jan;101(1):21-2.


Imaging of the spine is a fundamental part of assessment of paraparesis. Since the advent of MRI the indications for myelograms have diminished. However, a myelogram, although an invasive test, should still be considered a useful investigation for localising lesions in the spinal cord and for identifying rare causes of myelopathy. This case illustrates how a CT myelogram identified an arachnoid cyst, which is a potentially treatable cause of paraparesis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arachnoid Cysts / complications*
  • Arachnoid Cysts / diagnostic imaging*
  • Arachnoid Cysts / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laminectomy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Myelography*
  • Paraparesis, Spastic / diagnostic imaging*
  • Paraparesis, Spastic / etiology*
  • Paraparesis, Spastic / surgery
  • Spinal Diseases / complications*
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Spinal Diseases / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
  • Treatment Outcome