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    Brown Séquard Syndrome

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    Synonyms

    • BSS
    • Hemisection of the Spinal Cord
    • Partial Spinal Sensory Syndrome
    • Hemiparaplegic Syndrome
    • Spastic Spinal Monoplegia Syndrome

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Brown-Séquard syndrome is a rare spinal disorder that results from an injury to one side of the spinal cord in which the spinal cord is damaged but is not severed completely. It is usually caused by an injury to the spine in the region of the neck or back. In many cases, affected individuals have received some type of puncture wound in the neck or in the back that damages the spine and causes symptoms to appear.

    Characteristically, the affected person loses the sense of touch, vibrations and/or position in three dimensions below the level of the injury (hemiparalysis or asymmetric paresis). The sensory loss is particularly strong on the same side (ipsilateral) as the injury to the spine. These sensations are accompanied by a loss of the sense of pain and of temperature (hypalgesia) on the side of the body opposite (contralateral) to the side at which the injury was sustained.

    Resources

    Spinal Cord Society
    19051 County Hwy. 1
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    USA
    Tel: (218)739-5252
    Fax: (218)739-5262
    Email: scs-nc@nc.rr.com
    Internet: http://www.spinalcordsociety.com

    National Spinal Cord Injury Association
    75-20 Astoria Blvd
    Jackson Heights, NY 11370
    USA
    Tel: (718)803-3782
    Tel: (800)962-9629
    Email: info@spinalcord.org
    Internet: http://www.spinalcord.org

    NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    P.O. Box 5801
    Bethesda, MD 20824
    Tel: (301)496-5751
    Fax: (301)402-2186
    Tel: (800)352-9424
    TDD: (301)468-5981
    Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

    American Spinal Injury Association
    2020 Peachtree Road NW
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    Tel: (404)355-9772
    Fax: (404)355-1826
    Email: ASIA_Office@shepherd.org
    Internet: http://www.asia-spinalinjury.org/

    Spinal Cord Injury Network International
    3911 Princeton Drive
    Santa Rosa, CA 95405-7013
    Tel: (707)577-8796
    Fax: (707)577-0605
    Tel: (800)548-2673
    Email: contact@spinalcordinjury.org
    Internet: http://www.spinalcordinjury.org

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 4/25/2008
    Copyright 1993, 2003, 2005 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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