Intradural lipomas of the spinal cord. A clinicopathological correlation

B. J. Ammerman, J. M. Henry, U. De Girolami, K. M. Earle

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Abstract

Nine original cases of intradural spinal cord lipomas have been examined from a clinical and pathological standpoint. These tumors occur more commonly in men in the second to fourth decade and are found most frequently in the thoracic spinal cord. Paraparesis, sensory changes, urinary incontinence, and pain are frequent presenting complaints. Myelography is the diagnostic study of choice. All lipomas in this series were located primarily within the cord; four of these also presented an extramedullary extension. Admixed nerve bundles were present in five cases with assoiated hypertrophic onion bulb formations in three. Decompression with biopsy or subtotal resection is the operative procedure of choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-336
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1976

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  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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