Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Hematoma With Associated Platelet Dysfunction From Excessive Garlic Ingestion: A Case Report

Neurosurgery. 1990 May;26(5):880-2. doi: 10.1097/00006123-199005000-00026.


The authors report a case of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma causing paraplegia secondary to a qualitative platelet disorder from excessive garlic ingestion. The case also demonstrates satisfactory recovery from thoracic spinal epidural hematoma in a nonagenarian. Recovery from severe spinal cord compression can occur even in the very elderly.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Blood Platelet Disorders / complications*
  • Diet
  • Garlic / adverse effects*
  • Hematoma, Epidural, Cranial / etiology*
  • Hematoma, Epidural, Cranial / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Plants, Medicinal*