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Spinal Cord Compression/Myelopathy

Suggested Pre-Referral Evaluation and Management Guidelines
1)Obtain MRI to confirm diagnosis of compressive myelopathy
2)Surgical referral for compressive myelopathy (cervical stenosis, cervical or thoracic disk herniation, spinal deformity compressing spinal cord, etc.)
3)Neurology referral for non-compressive myelopathy (transverse myelitis, MS, etc.)
Suggested Additional Test/Management Prior to Specialty Visit 1) MRI
2) CT/Myelogram if patient unable to obtain MRI
Patient Education/Information (includes preps)  
Appointment Timeframe 1) Emergent - usually urgent surgical treatment is needed for progressive weakness.
2) Emergent for paralysis/paraplegia
How to Get Results to Consultant UMHS Patients: See MiChart
External Patients: Patients must obtain and hand carry hardcopy radiographic studies (MRI/CT/X-rays)
Clinic Contact Information Physicians: 800-962-3555
Patients: Schedule ASAP with available spine surgeon: 734-936-5780
For specific physician please contact office directly
Clinic Location Sites Taubman - Orthopaedic Surgery
UM Consulting Physician Rakesh D Patel, M.D.
Revised on: 01/14/2015



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