Epidural spinal meningioma. Role of magnetic resonance in differential diagnosis

G. Gambardella, S. Toscano, C. Staropoli, M. Longo, D. D'Amico, T. Marafioti, F. Tomasello

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A rare case of an extradurally growing spinal meningioma in an elderly woman is reported. Neuro-imaging, particularly magnetic resonance (MR), allowed to recognize the lesion, which, otherwise, could raise problems of differential diagnosis with a spinal metastasis. An emergency operation, required by a sudden neurological deterioration, was decisive in recovery of neurological deficits. In a review of the literature, extradurally growing spinal meningiomas appear to occur with a higher frequency than it is thought. Therefore, they are to be suspected when dealing with extradural spinal lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1990


  • emergency operation
  • Extradurally growing spinal meningioma
  • magnetic resonance
  • reversibility neurological lesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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