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Cord compression as the presenting symptom of extradural malignant lymphoma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3632314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Six patients with spinal cord compression as the presenting symptom of malignant lymphoma are described. These patients suffered from back pain for several months and were diagnosed after sudden paraparesis appeared. Five patients were treated by operative decompression followed by local irradiation, and all regained their motor function. A sixth patient presented with a more insidious paraparesis. A bone marrow aspiration established the diagnosis of malignant lymphoma, and this patient recovered with radiation and steroids alone. Thus, we recommend considering malignant lymphoma as a possible cause of acute cord compression, attempting to establish the diagnosis on an emergency basis within several hours, and attempting to achieve decompression with local radiotherapy and intravenous dexamethasone.
J Y Margulies; S Kenan; S D Michowitz; E Okon; T Peretz; Y Matzner; Y Floman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of orthopaedic and traumatic surgery. Archiv für orthopädische und Unfall-Chirurgie     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0344-8444     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Orthop Trauma Surg     Publication Date:  1987  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-10-21     Completed Date:  1987-10-21     Revised Date:  2008-02-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803037     Medline TA:  Arch Orthop Trauma Surg     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Combined Modality Therapy
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin / complications*,  drug therapy,  radiotherapy,  surgery
Spinal Cord Compression / etiology*,  surgery

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