from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A painful girdle-sensation.
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Above the anæsthetic area there is a zone of hyperæsthesia, and the patient complains of a sensation as if a band were tightly tied round the body -- "girdle-pain."
The symptoms referable to pressure on the _nerve roots_ at their points of emergence are pain and hyperæsthesia along the course of the nerves that are pressed upon, and occasionally weakness and wasting of the muscles supplied by them; girdle-pain is often a prominent symptom in adults.
It is often referred along the course of the nerves emerging between the diseased vertebræ, and takes the form of headache, neuralgic pains in the arms or side, girdle-pain, or belly-ache, according to the seat of the lesion.
The cord usually escapes, but the nerves emerging in relation to the damaged vertebræ may be bruised, and this gives rise to girdle-pain.
It gives rise to pain, which, according to the level of the tumour, passes round the trunk (girdle-pain), or shoots along the nerve-trunks of the upper or lower limbs.
When the infection spreads from the cranial cavity, the cerebral symptoms dominate the clinical picture, but evidence of involvement of the membranes of the cord may be present in the form of rigidity of the cervical muscles with retraction of the neck; deep-seated pain in the back, shooting round the body (girdle-pain) and down the limbs; painful cramp-like spasms in the muscles of the back and limbs, with increased reflex excitability, sometimes so marked as to simulate the spasms of tetanus.
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