What causes central cord syndrome (CCS)?

Updated: May 21, 2020
  • Author: Michelle J Alpert, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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  • The most common cause of central cord syndrome (CCS) is trauma.

  • In older adults, premorbid cervical spondylosis is a significant risk factor.

  • Accordingly, even minor falls may result in tetraplegia in populations with a narrowed spinal canal.

  • In younger age groups, CCS results from major trauma, such as that associated with cervical fracture/subluxations. [20, 21]

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