Study design: A case report of thoracic spinal cord compression in a 34-year-old male with beta-thalassemia is reported. Objectives: In patients with thalassemia, neurologic complaints should lead to a high index of suspicion for spinal cord compression from marrow expansion, ectopic bone formation and resultant stenosis. Initial presentation, diagnosis, radiographic findings, surgical treatment and follow-up are reviewed. Setting: This case is reported from Chicago, Illinois. Method: A chart review is performed for the purposes of this case report. Results: Patient underwent decompressive laminectomy with good surgical outcome. Conclusion: Rapid diagnosis and treatment of such a condition is essential to optimize the chances of recovery.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology