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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 1250153, 4 pages
Case Report

Acute Paraplegia as a Presentation of Aortic Saddle Embolism

Department of Emergency Medicine, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA

Received 29 April 2016; Revised 23 August 2016; Accepted 25 September 2016

Academic Editor: Serdar Kula

Copyright © 2016 Lisandro Irizarry et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Acute onset paraplegia has a myriad of causes most often of a nonvascular origin. Vascular etiologies are infrequent causes and most often associated with postsurgical complications. Objective. To describe the occurrence and possible mechanism for aortic saddle embolism as a rare cause of acute paraplegia. Case Report. Described is a case of a 46-year-old female who presented with the sudden onset of nontraumatic low back pain with rapidly progressive paraplegia which was subsequently determined to be of vascular origin.