Spinal cord compression in beta-thalassemia: Case report and review of the literature

S. A. Salehi*, T. Koski, S. L. Ondra

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004


  • Compression
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Thalassemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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