Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma as a potentially important stroke mimic

J Cent Nerv Syst Dis. 2014 Feb 6:6:15-20. doi: 10.4137/JCNSD.S13252. eCollection 2014.


Hemiparesis develops in response to a wide range of neurological disorders, such as stroke, neoplasms and several inflammatory processes. Occasionally, it may also occur due to a lesion located in the high cervical spinal cord. In this concise review, we describe the features of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma, which should be included in the large list of stroke mimics. Various concerns regarding the diagnostic and therapeutic conundrums relating to the condition are also discussed.

Keywords: hemiparesis; ischemic stroke mimic; spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma.

Publication types

  • Review