Gliomas of the conus medullaris

Luigi Cervoni, Maurizio Salvati, Paolo Celli, Riccardo Caruso, Franco Maria Gagliardi

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Aims and background: Gliomas of the conus medullaris often show characteristic clinical, radiological, and intraoperative features which differ from gliomas involving other parts of the spinal cord. Methods: Eight patients with histologically verified gliomas of the conus medullaris were diagnosed and studied. Results: There were five men and three women ranging in age from 21 to 59 years. Predominant initial symptoms were back pain (4 cases) and leg weakness (4 cases). The most common findings on admission were flaccid paraparesis with impaired sensation and bladder dysfunction. Postoperative magnetic resonance (MR) images with more than 95% removal of a tumour were defined as 'subtotal removal' (noted in 4 of 8 cases), and less than 95% as 'partial removal' (4 of 8 cases). All patients had postoperative radiotherapy. During the follow-up period ranging from 3 to 10 years, there was no tumour recurrence or regrowth on MR images. Conclusions: The postoperative radiotherapy in gliomas of the conus medullaris where total resection is not possible seems to provide a beneficial effect on preventing tumour regrowth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-251
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1996


  • conus medullaris gliomas
  • intramedullary tumours
  • outcome
  • radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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