Journal of Spine & NeurosurgeryISSN: 2325-9701

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Case Report, J Spine Neurosurg Vol: 5 Issue: 3

Cervical Intramedullary Cystic Schwanoma: Case Report

Taha MM* and Abd-Elbari TH
Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt
Corresponding author : Mahmoud M Tah
Department of neurosurgery, Faculty of medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig 44512, Egypt
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Received: January 26, 2016 Accepted: March 15, 2016 Published: March 23, 2016
Citation: Taha MM, Abd-Elbari TH (2016) Cervical Intramedullary Cystic Schwanoma: Case Report. J Spine Neurosurg 5:3. doi:10.4172/2325-9701.1000217


Neurilemmomas or schwannomas are common spinal cord tumors and usually located intradural-extramedullary. Intramedullary schwannoma is a rare pathology and usually misdiagnosed as intramedullary glioma. We reported a case of cervicomedullary intramedullary cystic schwannoma. A-33-year-old female patient with 6 month history of sub-occipital neck pain with tingling and numbness affecting both upper limbs admitted to our department. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine showed cystic intramedullary mass. Patient operated with limited suboccipital craniectomy and removal of posterior arch of the atlas. The mass was intramedullary, soft, grayish white in color with mild vascularity. Near total excision was achieved and the patient has smooth postoperative course. Histopathological examination revealed cystic schwannoma.

Keywords: Neurilemomas

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