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Metastatic paraganglioma of the spine: Case report and review of the literature.
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PMID:  23398849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Paragangliomas are relatively rare tumors, accounting for only about 0.3% of all neoplasms. Most paragangliomas are defined as benign in nature, but 10-20% possess metastatic potential. There have been scattered reports of metastatic paraganglioma in the literature, but in rare circumstances, paragangliomas can metastasize to the spinal column causing destruction or compression of the spinal cord, clinically manifesting as pain or neurological deficit. We report a case of metastatic paraganglioma in which a 47-year-old man had spinal metastasis from a primary abdominal paraganglioma and was found to be positive for SDHB mutation, portraying negative implications for prognosis. Long-term follow-up is reported. In addition, we review the literature on the topic of metastatic paraganglioma, management of paragangliomas involving spine, and touch on the importance of the presence of SDHB mutations in these cases.
Darryl Lau; Frank La Marca; Sandra Camelo-Piragua; Paul Park
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical neurology and neurosurgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-6968     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Neurol Neurosurg     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502039     Medline TA:  Clin Neurol Neurosurg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
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