A 22-year-old male with a history of hemoglobin E β°-thalassemia presented with thoracic spinal cord compression due to extrameduUary hematopoietic tissue in the epidural space. Following decompressive laminectomy, this epidural mass was irradiated to 20.4 Gy in 12 fractions. The patient made a complete recovery from his neurological symptoms following treatment. Follow-up radiographs showed significant reductions in size of the extradural tumor. Results from this case supported by review of the literature suggest that radiation therapy, with or without decompressive surgery, is an effective therapy in treatment of patients with spinal cord compression due to epidural extrameduUary hematopoietic tissue.
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