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Anterior spinal artery syndrome

Anterior spinal artery syndrome
Classification & external resources
Arteries of the brain, brain stem and upper spinal cord (anterior spinal artery at bottom)
ICD-10 I65.8
ICD-9 433.8
DiseasesDB 33437
eMedicine neuro/348 
MeSH D020759

Ischemia or infarction of the spinal cord in the distribution of the anterior spinal artery, which supplies the ventral two-thirds of the spinal cord and Medulla.



This condition is usually associated with Atherosclerosis of the aorta and may result from dissection of an Aortic aneurysm or rarely dissection of the anterior spinal artery.


Clinical features include weakness and loss of pain and temperature sensation below the level of injury, with relative sparing of position and vibratory sensation.[1]


It is also known as "Beck's syndrome".[2][3]


  1. ^ Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp1249-50
  2. ^ synd/755 at Who Named It
  3. ^ K. Beck. Das Syndrom des Verschlusses der vorderen Spinalarterie. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Nervenheilkunde, 1951-1952, 167: 164-186.

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