Extramedullary Hematopoiesis Causing Spinal Cord Compression

Brendan F. Judy, Yike Jin, Daniel M. Sciubba

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Spinal cord compression due to extramedullary hematopoiesis is a rare neurosurgical problem that is successfully treated with urgent decompression. Here we report the case of a young man with hemoglobin Lepore disease and beta thalassemia who presented with 1 month of lower extremity weakness and urinary retention. The patient underwent urgent thoracic laminectomies and recovered fully. This pathology can be treated with multiple modalities; however, decompression must remain in the neurosurgeon's armamentarium in the acute setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-52
Number of pages2
JournalWorld neurosurgery
StatePublished - May 2021


  • Decompression
  • Extramedullary hematopoiesis
  • Spinal cord compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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