Magnetic resonance imaging in diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas of the spine with spinal cord compression

A.S. Nered, N.V. Kochergina, A.B. Bludov, Ya.A. Zamogilnaya, A.K. Valiyev, K.A. Borzov, and E.R. Musayev

N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center, RAMS, Moscow, Russian Federation


MRI features of 5 patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHLs) of the spine with spinal cord compression were studied. It was revealed that NHLs of the spine were characterized by the predominantly homogeneous extraosseous component of soft-tissue density tending to spread to the adjacent vertebrae through the ligaments of the spinal column, lytic cortical layer destruction with the «wrap-around» sign, and the geographic pattern within the affected vertebrae. Compression myelopathy was observed in the spinal stenosis greater than 40 % of its anatomic width.

Keywords: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, magnetic resonance imaging, spinal cord compression.

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