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Primary Amyloidoma of the Spine: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

LEESON, MARK C., MD; RECHTINE, GLENN R., MD; MAKLEY, JOHN T., MD; CARTER, JOHN R., MD

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Primary amyloidosis of bone is a rare disease process. When amyloid lesions do occur in bone, they are often associated with myeloma or other plasma cell dyscrasias. Because of Its rarity and its protean clinical and radiographic picture adequate biopsy tissue for histopathologic studies is essential for accurate diagnosis. This case presents a 43-year-old man with nondescript back pain and an impressive radiographic lesion in his lower thoracic spine demonstrating the need for careful diagnostic evaluation and a high incidence of suspicion. When occurring primarily in a localized anatomic area, the prognosis for survival is excellent, and cure can be expected by local excision and reconstruction, as necessary.

From the Department of Orthopaedics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

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