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Spontaneous tetraplegia during weight training
  1. G Clewer,
  2. M Carmont,
  3. D Jaffray
  1. Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 G Clewer
 Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG, UK; gjclewer{at}f2s.com

Abstract

A case of tetraplegia due to weight training is presented. Emergency surgery revealed a huge C5/6 disc sequestration trapped within the canal by the posterior longitudinal ligament. The disc was removed and C5–C7 were fused using an iliac crest tricortical graft and stabilised. The patient made a good recovery and returned to sporting activity.

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  • Published Online First 15 September 2006

  • Competing interests: None.

  • Permission for publication of fig 1 has been received.

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