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Unusual presentation of a primary spinal Burkitt's lymphoma
  1. A Wilkeninga,
  2. M Bracka,
  3. A Brandisb,
  4. F Heidenreicha,
  5. R Denglera,
  6. K Weiβenborna
  1. aDepartment of Neurology, Medical School of Hannover, Carl-Neuberg Strasse 1, D-30625 Hannover, Germany, bDepartment of Neuropathology
  1. Dr A WilkeningWilkening.Anja{at}


Primary CNS lymphomas are detected with increasing frequency in immunocompetent and immunodeficient persons. Primary involvement of the spinal roots has only rarely been reported. The unusual history is described of a patient with a primary spinal Burkitt's lymphoma initially presenting as an S1 syndrome showing lymphocytic pleocytosis in the CSF, leading to the misdiagnosis of meningoradiculitis. Repeated spinal MRI disclosed a spinal mass lesion and histological and immunohistological examination of the tumour confirmed the diagnosis of spinal Burkitt's lymphoma.

  • primary spinal lymphoma
  • meningoradiculitis

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