Beck’s syndrome, commonly referred to in the medical world as “anterior spinal artery syndrome” or “anterior cord syndrome” is an obstruction of the blood supply in the front of the body. Loss of motor functions can be experienced as a result of this infarction as well as the loss of certain sensations including temperature and pain.
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Anterior cord syndrome is associated with lesions that affect the anterior two thirds of the spinal cord but preserve the dorsal columns. Although anterior cord syndrome can be associated with direct injury to the anterior cord, it is most commonly caused by lesions of the anterior spinal artery, which supplies the anterior two thirds of the spinal cord and can be injured through thrombosis or embolism.¹
¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.