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Childs Nerv Syst. 2009 Aug;25(8):987-91; discussion 993, 995. doi: 10.1007/s00381-009-0861-3. Epub 2009 Apr 10.

Spinal epidural hematoma in hemophilic children: controversies in management.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Xeral-Cies Hospital, Pizarro Street, Vigo 36204, Pontevedra, Spain. pilirois@hotmail.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE:

Spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) is an uncommon complication in hemophilic children. It can produce rapidly progressive neurological deficits. We aim to discuss the different management options for these patients.

CASE REPORT:

A 13-year-old boy with a history of hemophilia A was admitted with acute onset of localized spine pain and weakness. No trauma was reported on review of the history. Recombinant factor VIII aggressive replacement therapy was started. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging revealed an extradural mass lesion extending from D5 to D6 level. Emergency hemilaminectomies of D5 and D6 and evacuation of the clot were done. The patient made excellent recovery following surgery.

CONCLUSION:

Early diagnosis and immediate aggressive replacement therapy are mandatory in the management of SEH. Prompt surgical decompression to avoid any permanent neurological deficit is a safe and effective treatment option for an SEH in selected hemophilic children.

PMID:
19360421
DOI:
10.1007/s00381-009-0861-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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