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Child's Nervous System

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 171–175 | Cite as

Primary spinal cord oligodendroglioma: case report and review of the literature

  • Kostas N. Fountas
  • Ioannis Karampelas
  • Leonidas G. Nikolakakos
  • E. Christopher Troup
  • Joe Sam Robinson
Case Report

Abstract

Objects

The objectives were to present a case of pediatric spinal oligodendroglioma and review the existing literature written in English on the subject of human spinal oligodendrogliomas. A comparison of the clinical, radiologic, and pathologic characteristics, as they relate to those already described in similar cases, was also attempted.

Methods

Thorough evaluation of the patient’s clinical course was undertaken. Presenting symptoms and signs are reported. The perioperative radiologic features of the case are presented and the intraoperative details as well as the pathologoanatomic findings and follow-up history are provided. We subsequently performed a thorough search in the literature focusing on the number, characteristics, treatment modalities, and prognosis of patients with spinal cord oligodendrogliomas.

Conclusions

Spinal oligodendrogliomas are a distinctly rare type of nervous system tumor, especially in the pediatric population. An international registry addressing all of their clinical and pathobiological characteristics would be of great benefit to patients harboring these rare tumors.

Keywords

Cauda equina Filum terminale Holocord Spinal oligodendroglioma 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kostas N. Fountas
    • 1
  • Ioannis Karampelas
    • 1
  • Leonidas G. Nikolakakos
    • 1
  • E. Christopher Troup
    • 1
  • Joe Sam Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Center of Central GeorgiaMercer University School of MedicineMaconUSA

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