What is the role of PCR in the diagnosis of spinal cord infarction?

Updated: Jul 26, 2018
  • Author: Thomas F Scott, MD; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Specific diagnoses of the viral myelitides are now possible by PCR. This promises to revolutionize the specific diagnosis of the intraaxial myelopathies.

Confirming diagnosis of a focal spinal lesion of bacterial, mycobacterial, fungal, or parasitic origin by culture is rare, but still worth pursuing in the patient whose disorder is worrying.

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