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Primary intramedullary melanocytoma of the spinal cord: case report.
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PMID:  19349809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The authors report 2 cases of primary intramedullary spinal melanocytomas in 2 patients who presented with lower extremity numbness and/or weakness. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, thoracic laminectomy, and histological examination revealed the diagnosis. TECHNIQUE: Microscopic and immunohistochemical analysis revealed the diagnosis of primary melanocytoma. CONCLUSION: Melanocytomas of the spine are rare lesions without distinctive imaging characteristics and pose a preoperative diagnostic challenge. A review of the relevant literature and clinical behavior of this uncommon tumor entity is provided.
Isaac O Karikari; Ciaran J Powers; Carlos A Bagley; Thomas J Cummings; Senthilkumar Radhakrishnan; Allan H Friedman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgery     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1524-4040     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurgery     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-07     Completed Date:  2009-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802914     Medline TA:  Neurosurgery     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E777-8; discussion E778     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
Melanocytes / pathology*
Melanoma* / diagnosis,  surgery
Neurologic Examination
Spinal Cord Neoplasms* / diagnosis,  surgery
Young Adult

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