Vertebral Compression Fractures in the Course of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children

  • M. Ochocka
  • M. Matysiak
  • J. Armata
  • G. Dobaczewski
  • G. Gawrońska
  • D. Michaleswska
  • D. Sońta-Jakimczyk
  • G. Ŝladkowska
Conference paper
Part of the Haematology and Blood Transfusion / Hämatologie und Bluttransfusion book series (HAEMATOLOGY, volume 36)


Leukemic infiltrates of long bones manifested by pain and radiologic changes are common and well known symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children [1, 3, 5]. Leukemic vertebral involvement causing compression fractures is a rare symptom of this disease. If present it causes pain, inability to walk and besides ALL treatment it often warrants orthopedic intervention [21]. It would seem that the vertebral involvement would be a bad prognostic factor, meanwhile the literature on vertebral compressions demonstrates, that most of the patients go into complete hematologic and bone remissions [4, 21].


Compression Fracture Rheumatic Fever Vertebral Compression Fracture Childhood Leukemia Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Ochocka
    • 1
  • M. Matysiak
    • 1
  • J. Armata
    • 2
  • G. Dobaczewski
    • 3
  • G. Gawrońska
    • 4
  • D. Michaleswska
    • 5
  • D. Sońta-Jakimczyk
    • 6
  • G. Ŝladkowska
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Hematology-OncologySchool of MedicineWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric HematologySchool of MedicineKrakówPoland
  3. 3.Department of Pediatric Hematology-OncologySchool of MedicineWrocławPoland
  4. 4.Department of Pediatric Hematology-OncologySchool of MedicineWarsawPoland
  5. 5.Institute of PediatricsSchool of MedicinePoznańPoland
  6. 6.Department of Pediatric OncologySchool of MedicineZabrzePoland
  7. 7.Institute of PediatricsSchool of MedicineLublinPoland

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