TITLE

Spinal cord infarction in carriers of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase-polymorphism-like unique risk factor: report of two cases

AUTHOR(S)
Tejero-Fernández, V; Fernández-Rodríguez, I; Membrilla-Mesa, M D; Arroyo-Morales, M
PUB. DATE
November 2014
SOURCE
Spinal Cord;Nov2014 Supplement, Vol. 52, pS8
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Study design:A case report.Objective:To present two cases of spinal cord infarction (SCI) in carriers of the C677T methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphism.Setting:Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Section for Rehabilitation and Traumatology, Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain.Methods:Two cases are presented, one with SCI at the C7 level American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) A and one at the C5 level (ASIA A). One patient presented an acute onset of tetraplegia and the other a centromedular syndrome. In both cases the patients were carriers of the MTHFR polymorphism, which is a unique risk factor.Results:Increased blood levels of homocysteine related to mutation of the MTHFR gene increase the risk of a thrombotic episode, triggering the development of SCI. These two cases increase the limited number reported in the recent literature regarding MTHFR polymorphism carriers suffering from thrombotic SCI.Conclusion:MTHFR mutation can be considered a risk factor for thrombotic SCI, but it is not the sole risk factor. We propose that a consensus regarding the inclusion of anticoagulation treatment after confirmation of the diagnosis in these patients is needed.
ACCESSION #
102364987

 

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