The role of radiation therapy in the management of hematopoietic neurologic complications in thalassemia Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Cauda Equina
  • Hematopoiesis, Extramedullary
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Thalassemia

abstract

  • Extramedullary hematopoiesis is encountered in some severe anemic conditions. Very rarely it may cause neurologic symptoms, leading to spinal cord or cauda equina compression. Two patients with thalassemia who developed neurologic complications are described. Diagnosis was based on clinical findings, CT scan and magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI). The two patients responded successfully to irradiation and blood transfusion. The prognosis is excellent, if recognized at an early stage. Our experience supports the role of radiation therapy as standard treatment for this complication.

publication date

  • January 1991

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 2042449

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 156

end page

  • 9

volume

  • 85

number

  • 3