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Brown Sequard Syndrome


Synonyms of Brown Sequard Syndrome
  • BSS
  • Hemiparaplegic Syndrome
  • Hemisection of the Spinal Cord
  • Partial Spinal Sensory Syndrome
  • Spastic Spinal Monoplegia Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Brown-Sequard syndrome is a rare spinal disorder that results from an injury to one side of the spinal cord in which the spinal cord is damaged but is not severed completely. It is usually caused by an injury to the spine in the region of the neck or back. In many cases, affected individuals have received some type of puncture wound in the neck or in the back that damages the spine and causes symptoms to appear.

    Characteristically, the affected person loses the sense of touch, vibrations and/or position in three dimensions below the level of the injury (hemiparalysis or asymmetric paresis). The sensory loss is particularly strong on the same side (ipsilateral) as the injury to the spine. These sensations are accompanied by a loss of the sense of pain and of temperature (hypalgesia) on the side of the body opposite (contralateral) to the side at which the injury was sustained.
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    Organizations related to Brown Sequard Syndrome
    • American Spinal Injury Association
      345 East Superior
      Chicago IL 60611
      Phone #: 312-238-6207
      800 #: --
      e-mail: mars@northwestern.edu
      Home page: N/A
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
    • National Spinal Cord Injury Association
      6701 Democracy
      Bethesda MD 20817
      Phone #: 301-214-4006
      800 #: 800-962-9629
      e-mail: info@spinalcord.org
      Home page: http://www.spinalcord.org
    • Spinal Cord Injury Network International
      3911 Princeton Drive
      Santa Rosa CA 95405-7013
      Phone #: 707-577-8796
      800 #: 800-548-2673
      e-mail: library@spinalcordinjury.org
      Home page: http://www.spinalcordinjury.org
    • Spinal Cord Society
      19051 County Hwy. 1
      Fergus Falls MN 56537
      Phone #: 218-739-5252
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://users.aol.com/scsweb



    For a Complete Report

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