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A Case of an Epidural Extension of Vertebral Hemangioma Treated by Intraoperative Vertebroplasty and Laminectomy.
Soo Eon Lee, Kyung Yun Moon, Tae Ahn Jahng, Chun Kee Chung, Hyun Jib Kim
Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. taj@snu.ac.kr
Abstract
Vertebral hemangioma is relatively common, but rarely extends into the epidural space and causes neurological deficits. This case report describes a 69-year-old woman with vertebral hemangioma extending into the epidural space causing spinal cord compression. The patient presented with low back pain and progressive weakness of the left lower extremity over a period of 1 year. Radiologic findings revealed a dural encasing vertebral hemangioma with spinal cord compression at the T11 level. After T11 vertebroplasty, the lesion was subtotally removed by T10-11 total laminectomy. The patient regained motor power of the left lower extremity postoperatively. And no further tumor growth was observed at last follow-up. This combination of intraoperative vertebroplasty and decompressive laminectomy offers a viable treatment modality for a dural encasing vertebral hemangioma with epidural extension causing cord compression.
Keywords: Vertebral hemangioma;Spinal cord compression;Vertebroplasty


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