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Jason T Little, Vance T Lehman, Jonathan M Morris, Julia S Lehman, Felix E Diehn
Extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) is an uncommon malignancy. It manifests either in the primary form in the skin as an intraepithelial neoplasm, or in secondary form as pagetoid (intraepithelial) spread of an underlying internal carcinoma to the skin. Although local invasion and recurrence of primary extramammary Paget disease are relatively frequent, widespread metastases are rare. As such, there are very few reports and little characterization of the radiologic features of widespread spinal metastases. To our knowledge, there are no prior reports of a metastatic extramammary Paget disease presenting as a painful pathologic vertebral body compression fracture...
May 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Shrikant V Rege, Sharadendu Narayan, Harshad Patil, Abhishek Songara
Myxopapillary ependymoma is a benign slow-growing tumour, arising predominantly in the region of the filum terminale. It has been designated histologically as grade I neoplasm according to the 2007 WHO classification. Despite this benign character dissemination and metastasis along the cerebrospinal axis and metastasis to distant sites have occasionally been reported. There have been previously reported cases of drop metastasis from MPE, however in three of these cases the drop metastasis was diagnosed with concurrent primary spinal MPE...
September 2016: J Spine Surg
Elias Moussaly, Bassel Nazha, Shiksha Kedia, Qing Chang, Frank Forte
Soft tissue myoepithelial neoplasms are a rare yet diverse group of tumors, ranging from benign to malignant lesions. Their presentation in the head and neck region is uncommon and represents a challenging diagnosis. Early identification of myoepithelial carcinoma is crucial given its more aggressive course compared to its benign counterpart, although the histopathological distinction between the two can be difficult. EWSR1 gene rearrangement is found in half the cases and has a speculative role in pathogenesis...
September 5, 2016: Rare Tumors
Jason R Audlin, Gaurav Khullar, Eric M Deshaies, Swamy Kurra, William F Lavelle
BACKGROUND: Carcinoid tumors are rare neoplasms that often arise from the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts. They often metastasize to bone tissue, as well as pancreatic and hepatic sites. The central nervous system and most specifically the spinal cord are rarely involved. Primary Carcinoid tumors of the CNS are even rarer. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 58 year-old man presented with progressive bilateral lower extremity weakness and a negative history of cancer. Imaging revealed an intradural mass at the L1 and L2 spinal levels...
October 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Maria Teresa Mandara, Luca Motta, Pietro Calò
In cats, lymphoma (lymphosarcoma) is the most common neoplasm affecting the spinal cord and the second most common intracranial tumour. Although lymphoma commonly develops in the spinal cord as a part of a multicentric process, a primary form may occur. Lymphoma can exhibit a wide range of morphological patterns, including intraparenchymal brain mass, lymphomatosis cerebri, intravascular lymphoma, lymphomatous choroiditis and meningitis, extradural, intradural-extramedullary or intramedullary lymphoma in the spinal cord, or neurolymphomatosis in the peripheral nerves...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
Erika F Rodriguez, Jaishri Blakeley, Shannon Langmead, Alessandro Olivi, Anthony Tufaro, Abeer Tabbarah, Gail Berkenblit, Justin M Sacks, Scott D Newsome, Elizabeth Montgomery, Fausto J Rodriguez
Leptomeningeal dissemination of low grade Schwann cell neoplasms is an exceptionally rare occurrence, and has not been well documented in the literature. We encountered two cases of leptomeningeal dissemination of low grade Schwann cell neoplasms. Patient 1 was a 63-year-old woman with NF1 and a progressive low grade MPNST developing from a diffuse/plexiform orbital neurofibroma that arose in childhood. The neoplasm demonstrated local and leptomeningeal dissemination intracranially leading to the patient's death...
September 22, 2016: Human Pathology
Syed K Mehdi, Joseph E Tanenbaum, Vincent J Alentado, Jacob A Miller, Daniel Lubelski, Edward C Benzel, Thomas E Mroz
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. BACKGROUND CONTEXT: CMS defines "adverse quality events" as the incidence of certain complications such as post-surgical hematoma and/or iatrogenic pneumothorax during an inpatient stay. Patient safety indicators (PSI) are a means to measure the incidence of these adverse events. When these occur, reimbursement to the hospital decreases. The incidence of adverse quality events among patients hospitalized for primary spinal neoplasms is unknown...
September 21, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
John Michael Hazenfield, Mary F Gaskill-Shipley
Neoplasia of the spinal cord, including both primary and metastatic tumors, is relatively rare, representing 4%-10% of all central nervous system tumors, and can present a diagnostic challenge to the radiologist. More than 90% of primary spinal cord neoplasms are derived from the glial cell lineage, including the 2 most common tumors ependymoma and astrocytoma. However, less common spinal cord tumors, including metastatic disease, as well as nonneoplastic and paraneoplastic processes should be considered in the diagnosis of intramedullary spinal cord lesions...
October 2016: Seminars in Ultrasound, CT, and MR
Joana Ramalho, Renato Hoffmann Nunes, Antonio José da Rocha, Mauricio Castillo
Myelopathy describes any neurologic deficit related to the spinal cord. It is most commonly caused by its compression by neoplasms, degenerative disc disease, trauma, or infection. Less common causes of myelopathy include spinal cord tumors, infection, inflammatory, neurodegenerative, vascular, toxic, and metabolic disorders. Conditions affecting the spinal cord must be recognized as early as possible to prevent progression that may lead to permanent disability. Biopsy is rarely performed, thus the diagnosis and management rely on patient׳s history, physical examination, laboratory results, and imaging findings...
October 2016: Seminars in Ultrasound, CT, and MR
Mouna Khmou, Abderrahmane Malihy, Najat Lamalmi, Lamia Rouas, Zaitouna Alhamany
BACKGROUND: Peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumors are extremely rare tumors in the spine; only 18 cases of extra-dural peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor cervical region have been reported. The aim of this report is to highlight the challenges in diagnosis and management of this condition. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of 5-year-old Moroccan boy, who presented with torticollis for 1 month. Computed tomography scan and Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine revealed an extradural, dumbbell-shaped mass with extra-spinal extension at the left C1-C6 level...
2016: BMC Research Notes
Dipanker Singh Mankotia, Vivek Tandon, Bhawani Shankar Sharma, Madhu Rajeshwari, Mehar Chand Sharma
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) is a rare central nervous system neoplasm affecting children, and isolated primary spinal involvement is extremely rare. Authors describe a case of spinal AT/RT in a 5-year-old male child presenting with rapidly progressing quadriparesis diagnosed and managed surgically and medically. Biopsy revealed large, rhabdoid cells with prominent nucleoli in nest and immunohistochemistry further showed loss of integrase integrator 1 expression considered to be gold standard for diagnosis...
April 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
M Zysman, C Clement-Duchene, C Bastien, P Vaillant, Y Martinet
INTRODUCTION: Rhabdoid tumours usually develop in brain and spinal cord or kidney; they are highly malignant neoplasms that typically arise in infancy and early childhood. However, rare cases of pulmonary localization have been described, particularly among young adults. CASE REPORT: A 26-year-old man, smoker, had a right apical lung mass associated with a Pancoast syndrome leading to haemoptysis. There was also a tumour of the left thigh and scalp. Histological samples taken at these three locations were in favour of an undifferentiated carcinoma...
August 29, 2016: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
Anna Lawson McLean, Steffen Rosahl
BACKGROUND: To date, few studies have been published about the growth dynamics of tumors associated with neurofibromatosis type-2 (NF2), none of which evaluated gender-specific differences. Our aim was to compare radiographic data of female and male patients with NF2. METHODS: MR images of 40 patients (20 female, 20 male) from the regional NF2 referral center were included in this analysis. Tumor sizes were determined by semi-automated volumetric measurement. Intracranial tumors were measured on post-contrast T1-weighted MRI datasets and volumes of intramedullary spinal tumors were determined from sagittal T2-weighted MRI datasets...
November 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
Mehmet Hüseyin Akgul, Ferruh Gezen, Ali Kemal Uzunlar
OBJECTIVE: Esthesioneuroblastoma accounted for only 6% of the malignant nasal cavity neoplasms (ENB) is a rare tumor which originates from the olfactory epithelium. ENB's are locally agresive and can metastasize by lymphatic and hematogenous routes. A patient with the mass on the nasal dorsum was reported in this article. CASE HISTORY: A 52-year-old-man admitted to the hospital with a 3 months history of progressive nasal obstruction, epistaxis and mass on the nasal dorsum...
2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Aasheen Munshey, Justin Moore, Catriona Maclean, Anthony Longano, Tony Goldschlager
BACKGROUND: Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is a benign neoplasm that typically occurs in the brain within the pediatric and adolescent age groups and is uncommon in adults. It rarely occurs within the ventricles and the overall prognosis is favourable. A pilocytic astrocytoma of the brain with spinal metastasis at presentation has never been reported in an adult. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report a case of a 47-year-old male presenting with sudden onset frontal headache associated with nausea and lethargy...
August 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Walid Osman, Meriem Braiki, Zeineb Alaya, Thabet Mouelhi, Nader Nawar, Mohamed Ben Ayeche
Infection of the lumbosacral junction by tuberculosis is quite rare and occurs in only 1 to 2% of all cases of spinal tuberculosis; moreover, isolated sacrococcygeal or coccygeal tuberculosis is much rarer. Failure to identify and treat these areas of involvement at an early stage may lead to serious complications such as vertebral collapse, spinal compression, and spinal deformity. In the present paper, we report an uncommon case of spinal tuberculosis with sacrococcygeal location revealed by a chronic low back pain that was successfully managed...
2016: Case Reports in Orthopedics
Chunhong Wang, Yikai Xu, Xiang Xiao, Jing Zhang, Fang Zhou, Xixi Zhao
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: An absence of signal on magnetic resonance (MR) images caused by blood or cerebral spinal fluid flow is known as a flow void, and may be related to intracranial tumors such as intracranial solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) or meningioma. However, the differential diagnosis of these neoplasms based on flow void configuration is controversial. This study investigated common intratumoral flow void patterns for differentiating intracranial SFT from meningioma. METHODS: From May 2008 to May 2015, 14 patients (10 men, 4 women; 14-63y) received a pathologic diagnosis of primary intracranial SFT, and in 85 patients (23 men, 62 women; 20-76y) a pathologic diagnosis of meningioma was made...
October 2016: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
Anne L Versteeg, Jorrit-Jan Verlaan, Arjun Sahgal, Ehud Mendel, Nasir A Quraishi, Daryl R Fourney, Charles G Fisher
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review. OBJECTIVE: To address the following questions in a systematic literature review: 1. How is spinal neoplastic instability defined or classified in the literature before and after the introduction of the Spinal Instability Neoplastic Score (SINS)? 2. How has SINS affected daily clinical practice? 3. Can SINS be used as a prognostic tool? SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal neoplastic-related instability was defined in 2010 and simultaneously SINS was introduced as a novel tool with criteria agreed upon by expert consensus to assess the degree of spinal stability...
October 15, 2016: Spine
Michael A Galgano, Carlos R Goulart, Hans Iwenofu, Lawrence S Chin, William Lavelle, Ehud Mendel
Osteoblastomas are primary bone tumors with an affinity for the spine. They typically involve the posterior elements, although extension through the pedicles into the vertebral body is not uncommon. Histologically, they are usually indistinguishable from osteoid osteomas. However, there are different variants of osteoblastomas, with the more aggressive type causing more pronounced bone destruction, soft-tissue infiltration, and epidural extension. A bone scan is the most sensitive radiographic examination used to evaluate osteoblastomas...
August 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Vasant Garg, Christos Kosmas, Enambir S Josan, Sasan Partovi, Nicholas Bhojwani, Nathan Fergus, Peter C Young, Mark R Robbin
OBJECTIVE Recent articles have identified the poor diagnostic yield of percutaneous needle biopsy for vertebral osteomyelitis. The current study aimed to confirm the higher accuracy of CT-guided spinal biopsy for vertebral neoplasms and to identify which biopsy technique provides the highest yield. METHODS Over a 9-year period, the radiology department at University Hospitals Case Medical Center performed 222 CT-guided biopsies of vertebral lesions, of which clinicians indicated a concern for vertebral neoplasms in 122 patients...
August 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
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