Disease at a Glance

Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) is a rare type of embolism (sudden blocking of an artery) that occurs in the spinal cord. FCE occurs when materials that are usually found within the vertebral disc of the spine enter into the nearby vascular system (veins and arteries) and block one of the spinal cord vessels. The symptoms of FCE often develop after a minor or even unnoticed 'triggering event' such as lifting, straining, or falling. Symptoms of FCE may include neck and/or back pain, progressive muscle weakness, and paralysis. The exact underlying cause of FCE is poorly understood. Most cases occur sporadically in people with no family history of the disease. Diagnosis is based on imaging of the spinal cord and ruling out other causes of a blockage of the vascular system within the spinal cord.
Estimated Number of People with this Disease

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What Information Does GARD Have For This Disease?

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When do symptoms of this disease begin?
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Last Updated: Nov. 8, 2021