A brief case series of radiation associated myelopathy

BÜNÜL S. D., SARIKAYA C., Ozturk O., Sarikaya C.

NEUROSCIENCES, vol.26, no.4, pp.392-395, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.17712/nsj.2021.4.20210071
  • Journal Name: NEUROSCIENCES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.392-395
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


Radiation myelopathy (RM) is a rare but serious complication of radiotherapy. Small vessel ischemia and demyelination are some of the more remarkable indications of RM's pathophysiology. The RM is a diagnosis of exclusion. In the differential diagnosis, infectious causes, tumors, rheumatic diseases, and paraneoplastic syndromes are the main diseases that should be excluded. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful method for diagnosis. We present a report on 3 patients diagnosed with radiation myelitis. All the patients presented with late paraparasia and paresthesia. Despite high-dose steroids, hyperbaric oxygen, and physical therapy, there was no clinical improvement at the follow-up one year later.