Child's Nervous System

, Volume 14, Issue 12, pp 751–755

Oligodendroglioma of the “widespread” type in the spinal cord

  • T. Ushida
  • Hiroshi Sonobe
  • Hiroo Mizobuchi
  • Michio Toda
  • Toshikazu Tani
  • Hiroshi Yamamoto
CASE REPORT

Abstract

The authors present clinical, radiological, and pathological features of the “widespread” type of primary spinal oligodendroglioma arising in a 12-year-old boy. The initial symptoms were gait disturbance, hypesthesia of the lower trunk, and scoliosis. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging revealed an intramedullary tumor with syringomyelia. The tumor spread rapidly in a “widespread” pattern within the spinal cord between C7 and T12. One year after surgery the patient had made a poor neurological recovery despite the two-stage tumor resection. Only five cases of widespread tumors, including our case, have been described with discussion of their clinical manifestations.

Key words Scoliosis Intramedullary tumor Syringomyelia 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Ushida
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Sonobe
    • 2
  • Hiroo Mizobuchi
    • 1
  • Michio Toda
    • 1
  • Toshikazu Tani
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Yamamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Kochi Medical School, Kohasu, Okoh-cho, Nankoku, Kochi, 783 Japan e-mail: ushidat-koc@umin.ac.jp Tel.: +81-888-80-2387 Fax: +81-888-80-2388JP
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Kochi Medical School, Nankoku, Kochi, JapanJP

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