Brown Séquard Syndrome

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Disorder Subdivisions

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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.

Supporting Organizations

American Spinal Injury Association

2020 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tel: (404)355-9772
Fax: (404)355-1826
Email: ASIA_Office@shepherd.org
Website: http://www.asia-spinalinjury.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
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

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
Website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

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
Website: http://www.spinalcord.org

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
Website: http://www.scsus.org/

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Last Updated:  4/25/2008
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