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Metastatic paraganglioma causing spinal cord compression.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7732475     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Paragangliomas are neoplasms that arise from the autonomic nervous system-associated paraganglia. Most often they are benign tumors. However, infrequently they have been reported to metastasize. Involvement of the spine is rare and usually is intradural at the level of the cauda equina. OBJECTIVES: The authors report two cases of metastatic paraganglioma to the spine, both of which resulted in myelopathy from extradural spinal cord compression. Also provided is a review of the literature. CONCLUSIONS: Paragangliomas rarely metastasize to the spine. Management of the two reported patients involved spinal cord decompression followed by spinal stabilization procedures. Long-term ambulatory status was maintained in both patients. Radiation therapy may be an important adjunctive treatment after surgical removal of these tumors.
J A Brodkey; J S Brodkey; C B Watridge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spine     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0362-2436     ISO Abbreviation:  Spine     Publication Date:  1995 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-06-01     Completed Date:  1995-06-01     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610646     Medline TA:  Spine (Phila Pa 1976)     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  367-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Memphis, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Paraganglioma / pathology*,  radiography,  therapy
Spinal Cord Compression / etiology*,  radiography,  therapy
Spinal Neoplasms / complications,  radiography,  secondary*,  therapy

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