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Case Studies | Medical Science | India | Volume 12 Issue 3, March 2023
Acute Thoracic Compressive Myelopathy as a Rare Manifestation of Thalassemia: A Case Report
Dr Sumanta Pattnaik | Dr Bishwajit Mund | Dr Amit 
Abstract: Acute thoracic compressive myelopathydue to extra medullaryhaematopoiesis and wedge compression fracture can occur as a rare complication in beta thalassemia. Here we present a 22 year thalassemic male presented with acute thoracic compressive myelopathy. On examination, power of upper limb 5/5, power of both lower limbs 0/5, definite sensory level at T10, UMN type bladder. MRI shows acute wedge compression fracture D7 vertebra and several paravertebral masses with expansion of osseous medullary spaces suggestive of extra medullary haematopoiesis. The patient did not improve on medical management, and the patient party refused for surgical treatment.
Keywords: Thalassemia, Thoracic compressive myelopathy, Extra medullary haematopoiesis, Paravertebral mass, Bone mineral density
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 3, March 2023,
Pages: 1230 - 1232
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