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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 206-209

Delayed radiation myelopathy: Differential diagnosis with positron emission tomography/computed tomography examination

Department of Neurosurgery, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Adana Education and Research Center, Adana, Turkey

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Feyzi Birol Sarica
Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Adana Education and Research Center, Dadaloglu Mahallesi. 39. Sokak No: 6, 01250, Adana
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DOI: 10.4103/1793-5482.106656

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Myelopathy is a rare but serious complication of radiation therapy (RT). Radiation myelopathy is white matter damage to the spinal cord developed after a certain period of application of ionizing radiation. Factors such as radiation dose and time between applications affect the occurrence as well as the severity of myelopathy. In those patients, positron emission tomography/computed tomography examination has a very important role both in the diagnosis and in the differential diagnosis of lesions. In this case report, the case of progressive paraparesis, developed in a 52-year-old female patient operated with pulmonary mucinous cystadenocarcinoma diagnosis and who received chemotherapy and RT following surgery, has been reported.

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