Spinal epidural tumours
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The surgical records at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, revealed75 cases of spinal epidural malignant tumours operated on in a period of 8 years (1972–1980). Of these, 21 cases (30.4%) were labelled as “primary” spinal lymphomas, with no evidence of any systemic lymphomatous deposit anywhere in the body at the time of surgery. An analysis of their clinical behaviour, treatment, histological classification, and prognosis showed that a) majority of the patients had lower limb weakness and localized pain at the site of lesion as the presenting clinical symptom, b) laminectomy with decompression of the tumour followed by radiotherapy was the treatment of choice, c) histologically mixed histiocytic lymphocytic variety of lymphoma was commonest, and d) six survivors had a histiocytic lymphocytic lymphoma, suggesting a better prognosis associated with this type.
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