Gorham's disease in a patient with traumatic spinal cord injury: Case report and review of the literature

B. Seidel, M. Kupfer

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Gorham's disease is a rare entity that has been sparsely covered in the medical literature, and its pathophysiology remains poorly understood. We present the case of a 22-year-old man who sustained a traumatic T6 American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale B paraplegic injury complicated by a complaint of shoulder pain during his acute rehabilitation stay. He was found to have osteolysis of the distal right clavicle (Gorham's disease). He was treated conservatively with nonsteroidal antiinflmmatory drugs and relative rest and experienced good functional outcome. Although the differential diagnosis for shoulder pain in the paraplegic patient during acute rehabilitation is extensive, it is important to consider less common but still important etiologies such as Gorham's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-82
Number of pages4
JournalTopics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Bone health
  • Gorham's disease
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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