CASE OF PARAPLEGIA: SENSATION CHIEFLY AFFECTED: SOFTENING OF POSTERIOR COLUMNS OF SPINAL CORD

T. Inman
1856 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
aged 34, a publican, of temperate habits, of medium height, and rather spare build, came under m,y care in the middle of August, with paraplegia. Sensation had almost entirely left the lower extremities; but he could, by looking at his legs, still walk with a staggering gait. The sensation was imperfect in the arms, and he could with difficulty hold a glass: it fell from his hand when he ceased to look at it. The left side was weaker than the right. The special senses were likewise affected. He
more » ... kewise affected. He had difficulty in adjusting his eves to any object after suddenly moving his head; he had a strange smell constantly in his nostrils, and noise in the ears, and found that his meals had not their usual taste. He had no pain in the head, or any tenderness down the spinal column. His appetite was good, but he had had indigestion for years, and was troubled very much with flatulence. The bowels were torpid, and the bladder was only emptied by strong, action of the abdominal muscles. He complained of rheumatic pains in the limbs, which came on as soon as he was on 30 April 2019 by guest. Protected by copyright.
doi:10.1136/bmj.s3-4.202.976 fatcat:di2su3t2pvhiho7opwjziiswwy