Unusual cause of acute sciatica

Brahim Eljebbouri, Ali Akhaddar

PAMJ. 2014; 18:85. Published 26 May 2014 | doi:10.11604/pamj.2014.18.85.4185

This 32-year-old-man was admitted to the emergency department because of S1 left acute sciatica. An emergency, CT-scan showed highly probable appearance of herniated disc in L5-S1 level (A). The patient was operated without founding disc herniation, but an aspect of anterior and posterior epidural abscess compressing the dural sheath at L5-S1. Medullary MRI showed after the up and the down extention of disease process (B). Histological examination of samples found a B lymphoblastic leukemia (C). The patient died 3 weeks after because of systemic infection. After review of literature, it was never been described that the sciatic pain can be a mode of revelation of B acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Only two cases reported this mode of revelation but for lymphoma requiring a surgical intervention -as our case- firstly to relieve the patient by a radicular decompression and secondly for histological diagnosis.
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eljebbouri.brahim@yahoo.fr (eljebbouri.brahim@yahoo.fr)

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