Solitary Lymphoblastic Lymphoma of the Thoracic Spine

  • Park, Dong Am (Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Chosun University) ;
  • Park, Sang Gon (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University) ;
  • Kim, Seok Won (Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Chosun University)
  • Received : 2012.05.11
  • Accepted : 2012.12.14
  • Published : 2012.12.28


Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma rarely originates from bone, and even more infrequently from a vertebral body. Lymphoblastic lymphoma is a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and results from an abnormality in adaptive immune cells. A 27-year-old man presented with a two-month history of night sweats, weight loss, and severe back pain. Radiological studies demonstrated an osteolytic lesion compressing the subarachnoid space at the T11 level. Posterolateral fusion with decompression was performed and a pathologic examination confirmed lymphoblastic lymphoma of the B-cell precursor type. To our knowledge, this is the first report of solitary lymphoblastic lymphoma from B-cell precursors in of the thoracic spine. Herein, we discuss the presenting symptoms and the management of this rare case of lymphoblastic lymphoma.


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