Clinical Observations in Geriatrics
Published: 2016-03-15

Acute monoparesis onset in recent aortic valve replacement: a case report

Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy
Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy
Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy
Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy
Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy
Spinal metastasis Rectal cancer Paraparesis Spinal cord compression

Abstract

Vertebral metastases are frequent in patients with cancer. They are much more frequent in higher age groups
(> 50 years); the lesions can be asymptomatic despite a setting of widespread metastatic disease and may
become symptomatic due to bone pain, pathological compression fractures, or extension into spinal canal with
cord compression ensuing neurological symptoms.
We report the case of a patient, without known history of malignancy, in which shoulder pain was attributed
for few months to sequaela of recent cardiac surgery for ascending aortic aneurysm. She was admitted to our
ward because of acute onset of lower limb monoparesis which evolved in several days in paraparesis. Only a
dorsal magnetic resonance study revealed the presence of a bulky vertebral lesion at D1-D2 level involving the
peri-dural space. Neuro-surgical decompression was performed obtaining specimens for histological analysis,
which suggested the presence of metastatic adenocarcinomatous lesions of gastrointestinal origin. A computed
tomography study partially supported this hypothesis showing only a thickening of rectal wall, even if
endoscopic exploration did not show macroscopic mucosal abnormalities. Surgical and medical therapies did
not improve the patient’s clinical course and she died few months later

Affiliations

E. Satta

Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy

C. Soavi

Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy

M.A. Miselli

Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy

A. Passaro

Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy

G. Zuliani

Clinical and Experimental Medicine Department, Section of Internal and Cardio-Pulmonary Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy

Copyright

© Società Italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria (SIGG) , 2016

How to Cite

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Satta, E., Soavi, C., Miselli, M., Passaro, A. and Zuliani, G. 2016. Acute monoparesis onset in recent aortic valve replacement: a case report. JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS. 64, 1 (Mar. 2016), 21-24.
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