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Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis: A Case Study

Clancey Jeanne K.
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: August 2004
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Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEDL), an abnormal localized or tumor-like accumulation of fat in the epidural space, is an infrequent complication of chronic steroid usage and an uncommon cause of spinal cord compression. A patient with a primary malignant brain tumor on chronic corticosteroids presented with a clinical picture of cord compression and was diagnosed with SEDL.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Jeanne K. Clancey, MSN RN CNRN, by phone at 412/578-4364 or by e-mail at She is a neuroscience clinical nurse specialist at West Penn Neurosurgery, Pittsburgh, PA.

© 2004 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses