Symptomatic spinal epidural lipomatosis as a complication of steroid immunosuppression in cardiac transplant patients. Report of two cases

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  • Patients with Cushing's syndrome may develop spinal epidural lipomatosis, an abnormal accumulation of fat in the spinal epidural space. This accumulation of fat may cause compression of the spinal cord or cauda equina with resulting neurological deficit. Two cases of symptomatic spinal lipomatosis are reported in cardiac transplant patients receiving chronic corticosteroid treatment. The literature is reviewed, and diagnostic and therapeutic considerations are discussed.
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  • Zampella EJ; Duvall ER; Sekar C; Langford KH; Epstein AE; Kirklin JK; Morawetz RB
  • Start Page

  • 760
  • End Page

  • 764
  • Volume

  • 67
  • Issue

  • 5