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Unusual presentation of a primary spinal Burkitt's lymphoma
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  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}mh-hannover.de

Abstract

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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