Confirmation by magnetic resonance imaging of Bell's cruciate paralysis in a young child with Chiari Type I malformation and minor head trauma

V. Erlich, R. Snow, L. Heier, David G McLone

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Abstract

We report the case of a young girl who suffered bilateral upper extremity paralysis after minor head trauma. Her clinical picture, as well as radiographic evidence of a fracture at C1, led to the diagnosis of Bell's cruciate paralysis, caused by a small lesion in the rostral part of the pyramidal decussation. Magnetic resonance images showed, in addition to a Chiari Type I malformation, an abnormality in the medulla. All previous cases of cruciate paralysis lack both pathological and radiographic supporting evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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