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ID 19214
  Title Spinal epidural hematoma after spinal manipulative therapy in a patient undergoing anticoagulant therapy: A case report
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2006 Sep;29(7):582-585
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Case Report
Abstract/Notes OBJECTIVE: We report on the case of a patient with spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) after spinal manipulative therapy and review features of reported cases of a similar nature.

CLINICAL FEATURES: The patient was undergoing Coumadin anticoagulant therapy for atrial fibrillation and presented to the chiropractor complaining of a stiff neck. After cervical manipulation, he developed paresthesia in both feet, progressing to motor deficits in all 4 extremities. He required a laminectomy and evacuation of a clot indenting the spinal cord.

RESULTS: Review of the literature revealed 7 reported cases of SEH after manipulation; 5 patients underwent cervical manipulation and 1 patient received Coumadin therapy.

CONCLUSION: Practitioners of spinal manipulative therapy should be aware of SEH as a possible complication of manipulation in patients at risk and should exercise caution in the care of patients undergoing anticoagulant therapy.

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