Ruptured spinal dermoid cyst with chemical arachnoiditis and disseminated intracranial lipid droplets

M. B. Roeder, C. Bazan, J. R. Jinkins

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A 33-year-old man presented with a 3-month history of gradually progressive leg weakness. Spinal MRI and myelography with CT demonstrated an extensive intradural abnormality suggesting a diffuse inflammatory or neoplastic process. Only after cranial CT and MRI demonstrated lipid droplets was the diagnosis of a ruptured spinal dermoid cyst suggested. Subsequent laminectomy revealed a ruptured intradural dermoid cyst in the lumbar spine, with chemical arachnoiditis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-147
Number of pages2
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1995



  • Computed tomography
  • Dermoid cyst
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Spinal tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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