Turkish Neurosurgery 2008 , Vol 18 , Num 2
Vertebral Body Pneumatocyst in the Cervical Spine and Review of the Literature
Murat COŞAR1, Olcay ESER2, Adem ASLAN3, Serhat KORKMAZ4, Gazi BOYACI5, Bumin DEĞİRMENCİ6, Ramazan ALBAYRAK7
1Canakkale 18 March University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Canakkale, Turkey
2,3,4,5Kocatepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
6,7Kocatepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Apneumatocyst in the cervical spine is extremely rare and to our knowledge only a few reports have been published in the English literature. Although the etiology and natural course of vertebral body pneumatocyst is unclear, nitrogen gas accumulation is claimed. A 65-year-old-man was admitted to the emergency department with neck pain and numbness and incapacity in his both hands and fingers. The radiological images revealed a vertebral located pneumatocyst in the C4 cervical vertebra. In this report, we present a case of cervical pneumatocyst located in the C4 vertebral body. The clinical and radiological features and natural course of the pneumatocyst were evaluated. Keywords : Cervical spine, Conservative management, CT scan, Pneumatocyst
Corresponding author : Murat Coşar, drcosar@hotmail.com