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CASE REPORT
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 64-66

Extramedullary paraspinal hematopoiesis in hereditary spherocytosis


Department of Pulmonology, Jaipur Golden Hospital, New Delhi, India

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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.39640

PMID: 19561909

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Hereditary spherocytosis (HS) is a common inherited hemolytic anemia due to red cell membrane defects. Extramedullary hematopoiesis is a compensatory response to insufficient bone marrow blood cell production. The preferred sites of extramedullary hematopoietic involvement are the spleen, liver and lymph nodes; but in HS, the posterior paravertebral mediastinum is also commonly involved. We report a case of a 50-year-old male who presented to us in respiratory distress and with bilateral paravertebral posterior mediastinal masses, which on trucut biopsy were found to be extra-hematopoietic masses; and the patient was found to have hereditary spherocytosis.


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