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June 1980

Spinal Cord Compression With Paraplegia in Myelofibrosis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology (Drs Oustwani and Christ), Neurosurgery (Dr Ciric), and Medicine (Dr Kurtides), Northwestern University Medical School and Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Ill.

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(6):389-390. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500550091019

• Paraplegia developed in a 70-year-old man with a 15-year history of polycythemia rubra vera and a two-year history of myelofibrosis, due to extensive epidural involvement by extramedullary hematopoiesis. Early diagnosis and aggressive therapy is essential if permanent paralysis is to be avoided.

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