holocord presentation

Holocord presentation refers to a process which involves the spinal cord, from cervicomedullary junction to the tip of the conus. It does not relate to a specific condition nor does it distinguish between involvement by cystic expansion or solid tumor, or by a combination of both. It merely denotes that the whole cord is involved.

It is seen in a variety of conditions, most commonly comprising a significant syrinx component, although occasionally holocord involvement by tumor is encountered . Generally this is seen in young patients (children and young adults) .

History and etymology

The word comes from Greek "holo-" meaning "whole" or "entire" and not from hollow, as is sometimes erroneously thought to be the case .

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