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J Korean Soc Spine Surg. 2017 Dec;24(4):241-245. Korean. Case Report.
Kwak DH , Kim YH , Ha KY , Kim SI , Park HY , Ahn JH .
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.

Study Design

A case report.


To report a rare cause of non-traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) during surfing

Summary of Literature Review

Surfer's myelopathy is a non-traumatic SCI associated with the hyperextension posture during paddling in surfing. Although the definite pathomechanism has not been identified, cord ischemia followed by arterial infarction may be related to this injury.

Materials and Methods

A young healthy male patient presented with a SCI that occurred during his first time surfing. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a T2-hyperintense lesion in the spinal cord from D10 to the conus medullaris.


The patient completely recovered without any neurologic deficits after steroid therapy and other forms of supportive management.


Since surfing is becoming more common in Korea, awareness of surfer's myelopathy is important for early diagnosis and proper management.

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