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The rare case of an intramedullary cervical spinal cord teratoma in an elderly adult: case report and literature review.
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PMID:  20010388     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY DESIGN.: Case report and literature review. OBJECTIVES.: To report the very rare case of a mature intramedullary teratoma with exophytic extension localized to the uppermost cervical spinal level in a 65-year-old woman and review the pertinent medical literature. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: Cervical intramedullary teratomas are extremely rare in adults, especially in patients older than 50 years. METHODS.: The patient presented with progressive ataxia, mild bilateral kinetic hand tremors, and dizziness. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an intramedullary 1.7 x 1.3 x 2.3 cm mass at C1 with exophytic extension. A C1-C2 laminectomy and a partial suboccipital craniotomy were performed, followed by a subtotal microscopic resection of the tumor. Pathology was consistent with a mature teratoma. RESULTS.: After surgery, the patient's ataxia, tremor, and dizziness resolved almost immediately. CONCLUSION.: This report presents the very rare case of a mature intramedullary teratoma located in the upper cervical spine of an elderly patient, possibly the oldest patient documented with this type of lesion. The authors recommend a conservative subtotal surgical resection of cervical intramedullary tumors because it may improve symptoms that relate to direct mechanical cord compression and avoid further harm from a gross resection.
Samer Ghostine; Edward Perry; Shoshanna Vaynman; Ravi Raghavan; Karen A Tong; Srinath Samudrala; J Patrick Johnson; Austin Colohan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spine     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1528-1159     ISO Abbreviation:  Spine     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-17     Completed Date:  2010-02-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610646     Medline TA:  Spine (Phila Pa 1976)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E973-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cervical Vertebrae / surgery
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Spinal Cord Neoplasms / pathology*,  surgery
Teratoma / pathology*,  surgery
Treatment Outcome

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