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Tumor or Hematoma? : An Unusual Case of an Extradural Lesion of the Lumbar Spine.
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PMID:  23207667     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: Spinal epidural hematoma is a rare clinical entity. We present a case of atypical contrast enhancement pattern in a chronic epidural hematoma of the lumbar spine mimicking an extradural tumor. CASE REPORT: A 76-year-old man on treatment with oral anticoagulants presented with a 1-month history of lower back pain radiating into his right upper thigh accompanied by spinal claudication. Preoperative MRI showed a posterior epidural lesion compressing the cauda equina with almost homogeneous contrast enhancement. Surgery was performed under the presumptive diagnosis of spinal extradural neoplasm. Intraoperative and histological findings were consistent with a chronic spinal epidural hematoma. Postoperatively, the patient had instant relief of his symptoms. CONCLUSION: Chronic spinal epidural hematoma may resemble an extradural tumor, requiring surgery for histological confirmation and decompression.
M C Neidert; P Prömmel; B Schuknecht; O Sürücü
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical neuroradiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1869-1447     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Neuroradiol     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101526693     Medline TA:  Clin Neuroradiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Zurich, Frauenklinikstrasse 10, 8091, Zurich, Switzerland,
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