Hemangioblastoma of the filum Terminale. Case report and review of the literature

P. Ciappetta, G. Occhiogrosso, M. Domenicucci, G. D'Andrea, S. Bastianello, Alessandro Frati

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Hemangioblastomas of the filum terminale are particularly rare tumors. The authors present the case of a 62-year-old woman with a 6 month history of low-back-pain, who underwent surgery for the removal of an hemangioblastoma affecting the cauda at L2-L3 level. This highly vascularized tumour is tightly adherent to the filum terminale and hence is a very challenging pathology to remove. Histologically it consisted in vascular structures interposed to a network of capillary-like vessels, surrounded by stromal cells. MRI, angiography with pre-surgical embolization, and radical surgery represent the focal points in the diagnosis and treatment of these tumours. The most relevant literature has been carefully reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • Filum terminale
  • Hemangioblastoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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