A patient with malignant spinal epidural lymphoma with initi
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We report the case of a 51-year-old female with rapid neurological deterioration as an initial presentation of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Paraplegia occurred suddenly after a 4-day history of weakness and numbness of the lower extremity. MRI revealed a dorsal epidural mass from T10 to T11 that compressed the spinal cord. There was neither bone destruction nor a paravertebral mass. Emergency decompressive laminectomy and tumor resection were performed. Histological analysis of the surgical specimen indicated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The clinical stage was IV on CT and complete remission was achieved by subsequent chemotherapy. Spinal cord compression occurs in the course of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 0.1% - 6.5% of cases, but this situation usually develops in the late phase with bone destruction and/or a paravertebral mass. Cord compression and especially the severe symptoms such as paraplegia are rare as the initial presentation of lymphoma.

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