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  1. Aisling Carr1,
  2. Shirley D'Sa2,
  3. A Arasaretnam3,
  4. K Boyd3,
  5. R Johnston3,
  6. Zane Jaunmuktane1,
  7. Sebastian Brandner1,
  8. T Marafioti2,
  9. Martin Koltzenburg1,
  10. Mike Lunn1
  1. 1National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  2. 2UCLH, London
  3. 3Department of Haematology, Brighton


Background Bing-Neel syndrome (BNS) is a rare manifestation of Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinaemia (WM) due to direct infiltration of the central nervous system. Isolated peripheral nerve infiltration has not been described but as the blood-nerve-barrier has similar characteristics to the blood-brain-barrier, CNS-penetrating chemotherapy would be required.

Case A 43 year-old man was diagnosed with WM after presenting with constitutional symptoms; IgMk paraprotein (34.6 g/L) and lymphoplasmacytoid cells in the bone marrow. He received R-CVP (Rituximab, Cyclophosphamide, Vincristine, and Prednisolone) with good partial haematological response and minimal distal sensory vincristine-related neuropathy. Ten months later he developed a rapidly progressive, symmetric sensorimotor deficit in all four limbs with impairment of walking and hand clumsiness, MRC sum score=61/70. Electrophysiology showed a non-length dependant axonal neuropathy with patchy slowing. Sural nerve biopsy revealed a patchy infiltrate WM cells. He tolerated 4 cycles of blood-nerve-barrier penetrating multi-agent chemotherapy, IDARAM (idarubicin, dexamethasone, cytosine arabinoside, methotrexate, cytosine arabinoside plus intrathecal methotrexate). A marked improvement was seen during treatment and by 3 months later MRC score was 70/70. No electrophysiological difference was detectable at this stage.

Discussion Peripheral BNS is not a recognised neurological manifestation of WM but with appropriate treatment a good outcome may be achieved.

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