A case report: Paediatric surfer's myelopathy

Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2018 Jan;22(1):199-202. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2017.09.011. Epub 2017 Oct 7.


Surfer's myelopathy was first described by Thompson et al., in 2004.1 It is a rare cause of sudden spinal cord injury that occurs in the absence of direct trauma to the spinal area in novice healthy surfers. We present the case of the youngest patient we are aware of to be diagnosed with surfer's myelopathy following actual surfing. A clear aetiology for surfer's myelopathy has not previous been described. However, the hypothesis that there is ischaemia to the lower spinal cord is supported by our case, where we present the first clear angiographic evidence of the occlusion of the great anterior radicular artery of Adamkiewicz in a patient diagnosed with surfer's myelopathy.

Keywords: Artery of Adamkiewicz; MRI; Paediatric; Spinal ischaemia; Surfer's myelopathy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / etiology*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Water Sports / injuries*