Primary Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma of the Spine: A Case Report and Literature Review

Elias Moussaly, Bassel Nazha, Mazen Zaarour, Jean Paul Atallah


Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) of the spine is a rare form of extranodal lymphoma. This entity constitutes a diagnostic challenge due to its mimicking of other spinal diseases and the difficulty in establishing a tissue diagnosis. In fact, core biopsy can be inconclusive, oftentimes requiring surgical biopsy. Definitive evidence is lacking regarding the treatment of choice. As a result, the prognosis remains unfavorable. We present the case of an adult female who presented with back pain and was found to have a spinal NHL. We also review the literature regarding this rare occurrence.

World J Oncol. 2015;6(5):459-463


Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; Extranodal lymphoma; Diffuse large B cell lymphoma; Spinal tumor

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