What Is Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis?

Q:
What is spinal epidural lipomatosis?

A:
Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis (SEL) is a rare, benign disorder that refers to an excessive accumulation of fat within the spinal epidural space. It can cause spinal cord compression and neurological deficits. In severe cases, compression may be symptomatic. The lumbar region is most frequently affected.

SEL commonly occurs in middle-aged and older adults. The signs and symptoms may include:

  • back pain,
  • numbness,
  • altered reflexes,
  • tingling sensation in the affected region,
  • damage to the spinal cord that can be progressive, and
  • weakness in the lower extremities.

Treatment depends upon neurological status of the patient. In most instances no specific treatment is required, although review of need for steroid and weight loss are sensible interventions.

If you still have any questions, please consult your doctor.

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