What Is Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis?

Q:
What is spinal epidural lipomatosis?

A:
Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis (SEL) is a rare condition defined by the hypertrophy of adipose tissue in the spinal epidural space. It is also known as steroid-induced SEL. This disease may affect both males and females and can be seen in both children and adults. Males are affected more frequently than females.

The exact cause and mechanism of SEL is unknown. This disease may be caused by the following factors:

  • exogenous steroid use,
  • Cushing syndrome and Cushing disease,
  • obesity,
  • idiopathic disease.

The signs and symptoms may include:

  • back pain,
  • numbness,
  • tingling sensation in the affected region,
  • weakness in the lower extremities.

If you suspect you have subarticular sclerosis, please see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Key words: spinal epidural lipomatosis; causes of SEL.

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