Pain pp 647-649 | Cite as


  • Romy Patel
  • Deepti Agarwal


Arachnoiditis is an uncommon condition resulting in the inflammation and thickening of the spinal cord membranes after disturbance of the vertebral canal. It can result in motor and sensory changes that are similar to other disease processes, making it difficult to diagnose clinically. Presented are etiology, clinical findings, diagnostics, differential diagnosis, and treatment.




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  • Romy Patel
    • 1
  • Deepti Agarwal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaAdvocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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