An uncommon intraspinal mass

  • E. De PaepeEmail author
  • L. Van Hoe
  • S. Fadaei
  • S. Dekeyzer
Letter to the Editor


Hemangiomas are benign hamartomas or malformations of the microcirculation which are most often found in the skin and other soft tissues. In the spine, they are most commonly found in the vertebral bodies. Only a few cases of spinal epidural hemangiomas have bene reported, of which most are of the cavernous type [1, 2]. Because MRI-findings are similar, or sometimes identical, to those of other more common epidural masses such as meningioma or schwannoma, pre-operative diagnosis can be challenging. In this article, we describe a rare case of spinal epidural capillary hemangioma in the thoracic spine.

Case resport

A 25-year old man with a medical history of Behçet disease presented with a 6-month history of hemiparesis of the right leg and urinary hesitancy. Signs of pyramidal tract dysfunction were observed in the right leg during neurological examination. An MRI of the thoracolumbar spine showed a 6, 7 cm long fusiform, well-circumscribed epidural mass posteriorly in the...


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Universitaire ZiekenhuizenLeuvenBelgium

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