Synovial chondromatosis of the lumbar spine with compressive myelopathy: a case report with review of the literature
- 202 Downloads
Synovial chondromatosis has been rarely reported to occur in the spine with only one case found in the lumbar spine. We describe another case of synovial chondromatosis in the lumbar spine in a 41-year-old man who presented with compressive myelopathy. The tumor was located in the left ventrolateral corner of the epidural space just below the L4–L5 intervertebral space. Besides being extremely rare, our case was unusual in that the juxtaposed facet joint was radiologically normal.
KeywordsChondromatosis Synovial Facet joint Lumbar spine
The authors thank Joseph Hood and Florina Karasik for their help in preparing the manuscript.
- 1.Jaffe HL. Tumors and tumorous conditions of the bones and joints. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1958: 558–566.Google Scholar
- 2.Dorfman HD, Czerniak B. Bone tumors. St. Louis: Mosby, 1998: 1041–1060.Google Scholar
- 12.Greenlee JD, Ghodsi A, Baumbach GL, et al. Synovial chondromatosis of the cervical spine. Case illustration. J Neurosurg (Spine 1) 2002; 97: 150.Google Scholar
- 17.Murphy FP, Dahlin PC, Sulivan CR. Articular synovial chondromatosis. J Bone joint Surg [Am] 1962; 44: 77–86.Google Scholar