Ann Rehabil Med.  2016 Jun;40(3):534-539. 10.5535/arm.2016.40.3.534.

Thoracic Radiculopathy due to Rare Causes

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. rehab8520@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Pathology, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

Thoracic radiculopathy represents an uncommon spinal disorder that is frequently overlooked in the evaluation of thoracic, or abdominal pain syndrome. The clinical representation of this uncommon disorder is often atypical. With many differential diagnoses to consider, it is not surprising that the cause of thoracic radiculopathy is often not discovered for months, or years, after the symptoms arise. We report two rare cases of thoracic radiculopathy; one case was caused by extraskeletal Ewing sarcoma (EES) along the thoracic paraspinal area, and the other by foraminal stenosis, due to a bony spur of the thoracic vertebra. As such, thoracic radiculopathy should be considered in the diagnosis of patients with thoracic and abdominal pain, especially if initial diagnostic studies are inconclusive.

Keyword

Radiculoapthy; Abdominal pain; Ewing sarcoma

MeSH Terms

Abdominal Pain
Constriction, Pathologic
Diagnosis
Diagnosis, Differential
Humans
Radiculopathy*
Sarcoma, Ewing
Spine
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