Paraplegia due to extramedullary hematopoiesis in thalassemia treated successfully with radiation therapy.

TitleParaplegia due to extramedullary hematopoiesis in thalassemia treated successfully with radiation therapy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
JournalHaematologica
Volume92
Issue3
Paginatione28-30
ISSN0390-6078
Abstract

Spinal cord compression due to extramedullary hematopoiesis (EMH) is a rare complication of thalassemia and generally presents as paraparesis with sensory impairment. Complete paraplegia is extremely rare in EMH due to thalassemia although it is known to occur in polycythemia vera and sickle cell anemia. Treatment options mostly include surgery and/or radiotherapy. Whereas cases presenting with paraparesis have been treated with either surgery or radiotherapy with equal frequency and efficacy, almost all reported cases with paraplegia have been treated with surgery with or without radiation therapy. We hereby report a case of thalassemia intermedia with paraplegia treated successfully with radiotherapy.

URLhttp://www.haematologica.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=17405752
Short TitleHaematologica
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