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J Korean Acad Rehabil Med. 2008 Jun;32(3):366-369. Korean. Case Report.
Lim KB , Lee HJ , Kim DY , Kim SS , Kim JM .
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Ilsanpaik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Korea.

Allodynia is pain following a non-noxious stimuli which does not provoke pain normally and develops after incomplete spinal cord injury more commonly in cervical rather than thoracic level, and central cord syndrome. This article presents an unusual patient who presented with the single symptom of an intense allodynia after cervical intervertebral disc herniation. This 36-year-old male patient developed acute lancinating and burning pain aggravated by skimming light touch on both thenar area. Cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed central disc herniation and spinal cord compression. The allodynia secondary to acute herniated cervical disk has been successfully disappeared through pharmacotherapy with pulsed-use of steroid, gabapentin and comprehensive rehabilitation.

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