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Unusual presentation of spinal lipomatosis

Authors Stephenson W, Kauflin M

Received 13 September 2013

Accepted for publication 10 June 2014

Published 23 September 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 139—141


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

William Stephenson,1 Matthew J Kauflin2,3

1Primary Care, Huntington Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Huntington, WV, USA; 2Department of Pharmacy, Grandview Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio, OH, USA; 3Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, OH, USA

Abstract: Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) is a rare condition characterized by overgrowth of normal adipose tissue in the extradural space within the spinal canal that can lead to significant spinal cord compression. It is most commonly reported in patients receiving chronic glucocorticoid therapy. Other causes can include obesity and hypercortisolism. Occasionally, idiopathic SEL will occur in patients with no known risk factors, but cases are more generally reported in obesity and males. We present the case of a 35 year-old non-obese woman found to have rapidly progressive SEL that was not associated with any of the common causes of the disorder.

Keywords: lipomatosis, laminectomy, hypercortisolism

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