Cauda equina syndrome due to recurrent malignant lymphoma of the spinal cord - A case report

Eizo Miyata, Hiroshi Koga, Hiroko Yamamoto, Masataka Okamoto, Maaami Hirano

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A 50-year-old man noticed a mass in the right cervical region and presented to our hospital. He underwent biopsy of a cervical lymph node, which revealed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (diffuse large B cell, lymphoblastic type) histologically. He was treated with chemotherapy (CHOP) and radiation, and achieved complete remission. Two months later, he was admitted because of distal pain and extensive numbness of the lower limb as well as weakness of the left leg. Lumbar MRI showed an area of abnormal intensity in the cauda equina. Cytological examination of cerebrospinal fluid showed class V (lymphoma cells), so he was diagnosed as having recurrent malignant lymphoma of the spinal cord. He was treated with intrathecal chemotherapy and irradiation. After the treatment the mass in the cauda equina disappeared and the neurological symptoms in his legs resolved. It is rare for malignant lymphoma to reccurr in the spinal cord, particularly the cauda equina. It is well known that cauda equina syndrome can be caused by vertebral lesions and primary spinal cord tumors, but it is also necessary to keep malignant lymphoma of the cauda equina in mind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1071-1074
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Neurology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 10-1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology


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