A 44-Year-Old Man With Progressive Weakness and Back Pain

Benjamin O. Cornwell, DO; Jignesh Modi, MD


November 26, 2018

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A 44-year-old man is referred for neurosurgical evaluation secondary to a 6-month history of progressive bilateral lower extremity numbness and weakness. Additionally, he reports a history of back pain over the past 4 years that he describes as an occasional sharp shooting pain down his right thigh.

The only medication that he has taken is ibuprofen for pain relief. His surgical history only includes an appendectomy at age 14 years. He denies tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drug use.


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