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16 February 2023 : Case report  USA

[In Press] Unusual Cause of Cord Compression in a Patient with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Unusual clinical course, Challenging differential diagnosis, Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment, Educational Purpose (only if useful for a systematic review or synthesis), Rare coexistence of disease or pathology

Kirubel Z. Gebreselassie1ABCDEF, Daniel Valancius1C, Lara Millikan Ranic2B, Christopher Kligora3E

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.938852

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.938852  

Available online: 2023-02-16, In Press, Corrected Proof

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Spinal gout is not so uncommon. The numbers of case reports are low because of underdiagnosis. Nevertheless, the presentation of spinal gout in a patient who was never diagnosed with gout or hyperuricemia is rare. In addition, the probability of occurrence of spinal gout at the thoracic spine is low, making this case unique. Late or missed diagnosis causes treatment delays with grave outcomes.
A 65-year-old man with a past medical history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia presented with rapid and progressive weakness of the lower extremities that led to complete paraplegia over 2 weeks. Magnetic resonance imaging showed severe central canal stenosis with disc protrusion and a T4-5 ventral mass with abnormal marrow signaling. The margins at the erosion were sclerotic, and malignancy was top on the differential diagnosis. Open minimally invasive laminectomy with discectomy at T4-5 was done. Sections on the biopsy specimen demonstrated fragments of benign cartilage and bone and multiple granulomas palisading around areas of crystalline material, consistent with tophaceous gout. He was started on a urate-lowering treatment per the American College of Rheumatology guideline. Unfortunately, due to the late patient presentation, neurologic recovery was not possible.
This case report illustrates an unusual presentation of gout with a catastrophic complication that could have been prevented with early diagnosis and treatment. Some reports have described patients with tophaceous deposits in the absence of gout flare among patients with urate overproduction due to myeloproliferative disorders. Further studies are needed to explore such relationships.

Keywords: Gout; Paraplegia; Hyperuricemia


22 February 2023 : Case report  Taiwan

A 30-Year-Old Woman with an 8-Week History of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, and Mild Cognitive Impairment ...

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.938732  

22 February 2023 : Case report  Nigeria

Multidrug-Resistant Kocuria rosea and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Co-Infection in a Nigeria...

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.938761  

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17 Mar 2023 : Case report  USA

Dermoid Cyst of the Parotid Gland: Case Report of a Rare Entity and Review of the Literature

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.939411  

17 Mar 2023 : Case report  Japan

A Case of a Refractory Bleeding Giant Vaginal Wall Cavernous Hemangioma Successfully Managed with Sclerothe...

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.939474  

16 Mar 2023 : Case report  Indonesia

Initial Thrombocyte Concentrate Transfusion in Woman with Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) Who...

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.938752  

15 Mar 2023 : Case report  USA

Thoracic Epidural as a Rescue Analgesic in a Patient with a Continuous Erector Spinae Plane Block for Rib F...

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.938875  

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923