Histiocytic medullary reticulosis with spinal cord compression at presentation

A. Veronesi, A. Carbone, U. Tirelli, E. Galligioni, R. Volpe, D. Crivellari, M. G. Trovó, V. C. Canale, S. Tumolo, E. Grigoletto

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A 44-yr-old man presented with fever, progressive weight loss, anemia, lumbar back pain and subsequent paraparesis with sensory level at D 12-L 1. Radiographic and myelographic studies revealed lysis of D 11-L 2 and 2 extradural lesions at D 4 and D 11 respectively. Diagnosis of histiocytic medullary reticulosis (HMR) was made by histological examination of lymph nodes. Cerebrospinal fluid and bone marrow were invaded by malignant histiocytes. The administration of chemotherapy with adriamycin, vincristine and prednisone (HOP), intrathecal methotrexate and direct field cobalt radiotherapy did not result in any major clinical improvement. Central nervous system involvement in HMR is associated with a poor prognosis and warrants investigations analogous to those in advanced non-Hodgkin lymphomas with unfavorable histology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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