Cureus. 2024 Apr 22;16(4):e58736. doi: 10.7759/cureus.58736. eCollection 2024 Apr.


Cord compression is not a known complication of sternal puncture. We report the case of a patient with a history of multiple myeloma who presented acute onset paraplegia brought on during sternal puncture. Neuroimaging revealed focal spondylodiscitis and cord compression by an abscess. Neurosurgical decompression was not carried out on the patient because of her fragile general state of health and tardy consultation. Workup revealed the patient in remission from her multiple myeloma thus making decompressive radiotherapy unnecessary. The diagnosis of Pott disease was made by taking into account the clinical presentation, spine imaging and extra neurological imaging findings. Empiric anti-tuberculosis treatment was initiated which resulted in spectacular outcomes with a patient being able to walk with little aid by the end of her nine-month treatment course.

PMID:38779267 | PMC:PMC11110877 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.58736