Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord; SCD
- Abnormal sensations (
- Weakness of the legs, arms, middle of the body, or other areas
These symptoms slowly get worse and are usually felt on both sides of the body.
Other symptoms include:
Clumsiness, stiff, or awkward movements
Unsteady gaitand loss of balance
Change in mental statesuch as memory problems, irritability, apathy, confusion, or dementia Decreased vision Depression
- Speech impairment (possible)
Signs and tests
The health care provider will perform a physical exam. An exam usually shows
Mental changes range from mild forgetfulness to severe dementia or
An eye exam may show damage to the optic nerve, a condition called
Blood tests, including a
Review Date: 06/25/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.