Anterior spinal artery occlusion syndrome is a medical condition where the blood flow in the artery that runs in front of the spinal cord is interrupted. The condition can be due to various causes but the most common are traumatic injury to the vertebra, compression injury, spinal disc herniation, and damage to the aorta.
The condition, which is also referred to as anterior spinal cord syndrome, gravely affects the patient’s quality of life with symptoms that include complete loss of muscle strength and sensitivity to pain and temperature, among others.
The prognosis for patients suffering from anterior spinal artery occlusion syndrome is generally not good and the condition is associated with poor functional outcomes and high mortality. Available treatments focus on treating the cause of the condition and providing supportive treatment and care.
Many hospitals in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand offer complete care for patients with anterior spinal artery occlusion syndrome. After diagnosing the exact cause/s of the condition using advanced diagnostic technology, a complete treatment plan is initiated which typically include the use of medications and/or surgical intervention.
As for supportive treatment, a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals offers a complete range of services that focus on making patients as comfortable as possible. These include bladder and bowel management, wheelchair and mobility advice, pain management, and skin and pressure sore management, among others.
Patients can expect the highest standards of care as many hospitals in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO). Such hospitals are renowned for their medical expertise, excellent nursing care, and quality diagnostics. Many specialists in the region have completed their degree and/or their postgraduate studies in Western countries. They bring to the table advanced knowledge and cutting-edge methods and techniques that improve patient outcomes.