Abby Lee Miller's surgeon breaks the silence on her upsetting preliminary diagnosis

Apr 20, 2018
11:12 A.M.
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After having to endure a complicated surgery, the reality star was diagnosed with this unusual condition.


According to ET Online, Abby Lee Miller was preliminarily diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma after undergoing emergency surgery Tuesday morning.

Miller's orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Hooman Melamed, told the source that it’s still a preliminary diagnosis, as the results are still pending a pathology report.

“It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, it’s a type of cancer,” Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital said.

According to People, the surgery was due to the fact that Miller was believed to be suffering from an infection in her spine after the reality star experienced neck pain and weakness in her arm.


Dr. Melamed was forced to perform an emergency procedure for a multi-level laminectomy. After the four-hour-long surgery, Miller started feeling more sensation while recovering in the ICU.

According to E! Online, the doctor is unsure if the lymphoma has spread at this point, however, he claimed there's a good prognosis for those diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma.

Although Miller is progressing according to plans, with Melamed claiming that she's "looking really good," she will need another surgery in her spine.


The 51-year-old dance coach was hospitalized last week with a thyroid issue, just two weeks after she was released from prison and entered a halfway house in California.

According to Daily News, Miller was sentenced in May to one year and one day in prison, with a $120,000 judgment and a $40,000 fine, for bankruptcy fraud.

Miller has been living at a residential re-entry center in Long Beach, California, after being released from the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville, California.