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No Ordinary Back Pain: Malignant Spinal Cord Compression

      In a minority of patients, spinal cord compression heralds a cancer diagnosis. A 66-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department with a 1-week history of upper back pain, discomfort he attributed to a household chore. He was prescribed a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and discharged. However, his symptoms progressively worsened, and he was admitted to the emergency department of another hospital for further management. He had a history of hypertension, although he did not undergo regular follow-up for the condition. He did not smoke or consume alcohol.
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