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2022 Oct 19

J Spinal Cord Med

Pneumorrhachis: A rare cause of headache in a patient with a traumatic spinal cord injury due to gunshot wound.


Vernacchia C, Nassiri K, Katholi B, Revivo G, Sisung C
J Spinal Cord Med. 2022 Oct 19:1-3.
PMID: 36260033.


A pneumorrhachis (PR) is a rare phenomenon in which air is found in the spinal canal. There are multiple etiologies, including iatrogenic, nontraumatic, and traumatic. Most traumatic PR are asymptomatic and resolve on their own, but a subset are symptomatic and require urgent surgical intervention. This case describes a traumatic PR in which a headache was the primary symptom.