What is it about?

A 55-year-old female was referred to outpatient physical therapy for lumbar radiculopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed cervical myelopathy.

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Why is it important?

This is the only case report in the literature to describe the mechanism that could underpin a false positive Sharp–Purser test.


This is a great differential diagnosis case and highlights the importance of not relying solely on special tests.

Cody Mansfield
The Ohio State University

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This page is a summary of: Cervical myelopathy causing numbness and paresthesias in lower extremities: A case report identifying the cause of a false positive Sharp–Purser test, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, February 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1443361.
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