Section of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
Primary extra-nodal marginal zone B cell lymphoma (Ex-MZBCL) or mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma of the cranial dura is a rare but well-known entity. We describe a 58-year-old woman with primary MALT lymphoma of the spinal dura causing extreme thickening of the dura and spinal cord compression who initially presented with acute spinal cord compression from a chronic epidural lesion. She was treated with surgery and radiotherapy and diagnosed with a mature B-celllymphoma based on gene rearrangement studies. Two years following the completion of radiotherapy, she presented with an increase in the size of the residual mass that was suggestive of an epidural lesion. On re-exploration, no epidural lesion was found; however, the dura was extremely thickened causing spinal cord compression. Clinical course, histological evaluation, immunostaining and gene rearrangement studies resulted in a final diagnosis of primary Ex-MZBCL of the spinal dura. To our knowledge, this is the first report of Ex-MZBCL in the spinal dura. This diagnosis should be considered when evaluating spinal cord lesions in patients with primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, especially recurrent lesions, since this group of tumors carries a favorable outcome compared to other primary CNS lymphomas.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.