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Thoracic paraganglioma presenting with spinal cord compression and metastases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12177549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a case of a 41-year-old man with a primary thoracic spine paraganglioma presenting with spinal cord compression and distant metastasis. Paragangliomas arising within the spinal canal are rare and when they occur are usually found in the intradural, extramedullary compartment and in the lumbosacral region. Thoracic paragangliomas are very rare, with only five prior cases reported in the literature and with distant metastasis seen in only one of these. In this case, the tumor was entirely extradural and produced extensive sclerosis of the surrounding vertebrae. The clinical, radiographic, and pathologic features of this case are detailed and the relevant literature is reviewed.
John K Houten; Ramesh P Babu; Douglas C Miller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of spinal disorders & techniques     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1536-0652     ISO Abbreviation:  J Spinal Disord Tech     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-14     Completed Date:  2003-02-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140323     Medline TA:  J Spinal Disord Tech     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY 10467, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Epidural Neoplasms / complications
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Paraganglioma / complications,  diagnosis*,  radiography,  secondary*,  surgery
Spinal Cord Compression / etiology*
Spinal Cord Neoplasms / complications,  diagnosis*,  pathology,  radiography,  surgery
Thoracic Vertebrae* / pathology,  radiography,  surgery
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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