CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 34, Supplement 2, pp 250–255 | Cite as

Symptomatic Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis After a Single Local Epidural Steroid Injection

  • Chung Hong TokEmail author
  • Shaleen Kaur
  • Afshin Gangi
Case Report


Spinal epidural lipomatosis is a rare disorder that can manifest with progressive neurological deficits. It is characterized by abnormal accumulation of unencapsulated epidural fat commonly associated with the administration of exogenous steroids associated with a variety of systemic diseases, endocrinopathies, and Cushing syndrome (Fogel et al. Spine J 5:202–211, 2005). Occasionally, spinal epidural lipomatosis may occur in patients not exposed to steroids or in patients with endocrinopathies, primarily in obese individuals (Fogel et al. Spine J 5:202–211, 2005). However, spinal lumbar epidural lipomatosis resulting from local steroid injection has rarely been reported. We report the case of a 45-year-old diabetic man with claudication that was probably due to symptomatic lumbar spinal lipomatosis resulting from a single local epidural steroid injection.


Spinal epidural lipomatosis Steroid injection Facet arthropathy 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Imaging, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Radiology BUniversity Hospital of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

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