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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-104

Thoracic cord compression by extramedullary hematopoiesis in thalassemia

1 MRI Section, EKO CT and MRI Scan Centre, Medical College and Hospitals Campus, Kolkata, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, Vivekananda Hospital, Kolkata, India
3 Department of Neurology, Medical College, and Hospitals, Kolkata, India
4 Department of Radiology, Darbhanga Medical College, India

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M A Hashmi
MRI Section, EKO CT and MRI Centre, Kolkata
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DOI: 10.4103/1793-5482.136726

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Extramedullary hematopoiesis (EMH) refers to hematopoiesis occurring outside the medulla of bone. It may be physiologic or due to pathological conditions like hematopoietic disorders. EMH can involve liver, spleen, thorax, and lymph nodes. It can involve paraspinal tissues with extension and involvement of spinal canal. In our case, the diagnosis was confirmed by the history of the patient stating underlying hematological condition and by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings showing large soft tissue masses in paraspinal areas with involvement of spinal canal and leading to cord compression.

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