Magnetic resonance imaging of intramedullary spinal cord schwannomas: Report of two cases and review of the literature

Cesare Colosimo, Alfonso Cerase, Luca Denaro, Giulio Maira, Romano Greco

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Abstract

Intramedullary spinal cord schwannomas are rare benign tumors for which resection is possible and safe. The purpose of this paper is to present the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging features in two cases of intramedullary spinal cord schwannoma to assist both neurosurgeons and pathologists in preventing misdiagnosis and resultant partial resection. The MR imaging evidence of a small- or medium-sized well-marginated intramedullary spinal cord tumor in a patient in whom no syringomyelia is present but in whom moderate edema with marked Gd enhancement can be seen should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intramedullary spinal cord schwannoma. In cases in which an associated thickened Gd-enhancing spinal nerve root is seen the diagnosis of schwannoma should be assumed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-117
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Volume99
Issue number1 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2003

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Neurilemmoma
Spinal Cord
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Spinal Cord Neoplasms
Syringomyelia
Spinal Nerve Roots
Diagnostic Errors
Edema
Differential Diagnosis
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Differential diagnosis
  • Intramedullary spinal cord tumor
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Magnetic resonance imaging of intramedullary spinal cord schwannomas : Report of two cases and review of the literature. / Colosimo, Cesare; Cerase, Alfonso; Denaro, Luca; Maira, Giulio; Greco, Romano.

In: Journal of Neurosurgery, Vol. 99, No. 1 SUPPL., 01.07.2003, p. 114-117.

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Colosimo, Cesare ; Cerase, Alfonso ; Denaro, Luca ; Maira, Giulio ; Greco, Romano. / Magnetic resonance imaging of intramedullary spinal cord schwannomas : Report of two cases and review of the literature. In: Journal of Neurosurgery. 2003 ; Vol. 99, No. 1 SUPPL. pp. 114-117.
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