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2022 Dec 07

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth



Postoperative spinal cord infarction on a gravid woman with suspected IV drug use: a case report.


Baldino JN, Recknagel J, Beckham JA
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022 Dec 07; 22(1):914.
PMID: 36476140.


Back pain is common in the gravid population and spinal cord infarction (SCI) or chronic osteomyelitis are exceptionally rare underlying causes of back pain in this population. No case report to date has described this unexpected adverse event in a gravid woman with suspected history of IV drug use (IVDU). This diagnosis could potentially become more common with increasing rates of IVDU, and increased education could result in sooner recognition.