High cervical neurenteric cyst; acute post-traumatic rupture and respiratory failure: A case report

G. D'Andrea, C. Mencarani, V. Necci, D. Di Stefano, G. Occhiogrosso, A. Frati

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Abstract

The neuroenteric cyst is a rare developmental lesion originating from incomplete formation of the primitive neuroenteric canal. We report on the difficult management of an acute posttraumatic rupture of a cervical neuroenteric cyst. A 35-year-old male patient came to our observation after a spinal injury incurred during a football match. The patient immediately demonstrated tetraplegia and respiratory failure and was operated on. After two weeks the patient died of cardiopulmonary failure. High cervical neurenteric cysts, even those representing benign lesions, can produce dramatic results after a spinal injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-53
Number of pages3
JournalZentralblatt fur Neurochirurgie
Volume69
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

Keywords

  • Cardiopulmonary failure
  • Neurenteric cysts
  • Spinal injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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