Osteochondroma of the Cervical Spine: A Cause of Transient Quadriplegia

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A 16-year-old girl presented with the sudden onset of transient quadriplegia that occurred while she was swimming. Roentgenograms showed abnormal intraspinal calcification. A computerized tomographic scan was virtually diagnostic of a solitary osteochondroma arising from the posterior arch of the atlas. Surgical excision was curative.

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