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BMC Research Notes

, 9:123

Case Reports

Abstract

BackgroundExtramedullary haemopoiesis is a common compensatory phenomenon in most haemolytic anaemias. However, spinal cord compression due to extramedullary spinal epidural haemopoiesis is an extremely rare complication of thalassemia. In such situation patients present with paraplegia with a sensory level. Usual treatment options are surgery and-or radiotherapy.

Case presentationHere we report a 27 year old Sri Lankan Muslim male with haemoglobin E-Beta thalassaemia presented with episodic spastic paraparesis when he was anaemic which was dramatically responded to blood transfusion therapy.

ConclusionMost of the reported cases with paraplegia have been treated with surgery with or without radiation therapy or radiation therapy alone. Our patient makes dramatic recovery after blood transfusion in each presentation.

KeywordsThalassaemia Haemoglobin E Paraplegia Extramedullary haemopoiesis AbbreviationsHbEhaemoglobin E

EMHextramedullary Haemopoiesis

MRImagnetic resonance Imaging

T8thoracic 8

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Author: Loku Pathirage Manoji Muditha Kumari Pathirage - Indunil Wijeweera - Chandrika Jayasinghe - Saumya Jayabahu - Hasith Ravi

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