Turkish Neurosurgery 2007 , Vol 17 , Num 3
Thoracic Intradural Cystic Schwannoma: A Case Report
Ayşe KARATAŞ1, Merih İŞ2, Ümran YILDIRIM3, Feyzullah AKYÜZ4, Ferruh GEZEN5
1,2,4,5Duzce University School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Duzce, Turkey
3Duzce University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Duzce, Turkey
Spinal schwannomas are benign tumors arising from spinal nerve root sheaths. These are the most common intradural exramedullary spinal tumous. Schwannomas are mostly solid or heterogenous solid tumors. Cystic schwannomas are rare lesions. We present a 27-year-old woman with an intradural extramedullary cystic tumor in the lower thoracic region who complained of back pain and walking difficulty. The patient was operated and the tumor was totally removed. The postoperative course was uneventful. The histopathological diagnosis was cystic schwannoma. Differentiation of cystic schwannomas from other cystic mass lesions can be difficult. Magnetic resonance imaging and histopathological findings are important for evaluating these tumors. Keywords : Cystic, Intradural spinal tumor, Schwannoma
Corresponding author : Ayşe Karataş, aysekaratas@yahoo.com