Intramedullary cavernous angioma of the spinal cord in a pediatric patient, with multiple cavernomas, familial occurrence and partial spontaneous regression: Case report and review of the literature

Antonio Santoro, Manolo Piccirilli, Giacoma Maria Floriana Brunetto, Roberto Delfini, Giampaolo Cantore

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Abstract

Object: The authors present their experience with the 17th pediatric intramedullary cavernoma reported in English literature. Methods: The patient firstly underwent surgery for a left frontal cavernoma when he was 2 years old. Also the child's mother was operated for a C2-C3 intramedullary cavernoma. He grew up normally and the radiological follow-up was negative for other brainstem cavernous malformations. When he was 11 years old he complained a worsening tetraparesis. A cerebral and spinal magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed the presence of a C1 intramedullary cavernoma and a pontine cavernoma. He underwent surgery for the cervical lesion, which was completely removed. The postoperative course was regular with a total recovery from the neurological deficit. The boy underwent a radiological follow-up, monitoring the pontine lesion, which spontaneously regressed when he was 19 years old. Conclusion: The rarity of the pediatric intramedullary cavernoma, the familial occurrence, and the spontaneous regression of the pontine cavernoma make this case very peculiar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1319-1326
Number of pages8
JournalChild's Nervous System
Volume23
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Intramedullary cavernous angioma
  • Multiple cavernomas
  • Pediatric patients
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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