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Paul C. Bucy, M.D.; Harvey Chenault, M.D.
JAMA. 1944;126(1):26-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.82850360001008.
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Several cases of herniation of a cervical intervertebral disk have been recorded in the literature, but nearly all of these have been instances in which compression of the spinal cord itself by a midline herniation predominated.1 Semmes and Murphy2 mention 4 cases from the literature which presented symptoms of compression of a cervical nerve root without involvement of the spinal cord and present 4 similar cases of their own. Three of the latter cases of unilateral herniation of a cervical intervertebral disk were verified by operation. The syndrome of compression of the seventh cervical nerve root as shown in the latter 4 cases was remarkably constant and occurred on the left side in all 4. All these patients gave a history of numerous "cricks" in the neck for months or years preceding the severe attack. Two gave a definite history of trauma to, or motion of, the neck


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