Ann Clin Case Rep | Volume 5, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Leukemia Presenting as Cauda Equina Syndrome

Syed Shumon1*, Georgia Ineson2, Terence Chin2, Konstantinos Oikonomou1, Gareth Dobson1, Priya Bhatnagar1 and Mohammed Husain1

1Department of Neuroscience, The Royal Victoria Infirmary, UK 2Department of Neuroscience, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

*Correspondance to: Syed Shumon 

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Spontaneous Spinal Subdural Hematoma (sSDH) is a rare entity with an incidence of 0.1/100,000 patients. Patients commonly present with a sudden onset of back pain and progressive neurological deficit. In the majority of the cases, it is due to a hemorrhage at the thoracic spinal level of unknown aetiology. Management of such cases can present a treatment dilemma. The difficult decision of conservative vs. surgical management must be made in view of the presenting neurology and likely outcome. Here we present a case of the first presentation of leukemia presenting as query cauda equina syndrome due to a sSDH.


Back pain; Cauda equine syndrome; Sepsis; Acute myeloid leukemia; Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm


Shumon S, Ineson G, Chin T, Oikonomou K, Dobson G, Bhatnagar P, et al. Leukemia Presenting as Cauda Equina Syndrome. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2020; 5: 1843..

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