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Multiple intramedullary lipomas with conal intramedullary dermoid: magnetic resonance appearances

Authors
Journal
The Spine Journal
1529-9430
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
7
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.spinee.2006.01.006
Keywords
  • Spinal Cord
  • Intramedullary
  • Lipomas
  • Dermoid
  • Mri
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Background context Intramedullary fat-containing benign childhood tumors of the cord include lipomas, dermoid cysts, and teratomas. These are embryonal tumors. Most intramedullary fat-containing tumors are solitary. Multiple intramedullary lipomas are rare and may represent a spinal lipomatous malformation. The presence of another intramedullary dermoid tumor in the same case is rare. Purpose The intent of this case report is to look at magnetic resonance features and possible mechanisms of association of these fat-containing intramedullary tumors. Study design/setting A 3-year-old male child presented with spastic quadriplegia. Methods Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of spine was done on a 1.5-T scanner in different planes. Results MRI showed multiple intramedullary spinal lipomas with an intramedullary dermoid involving the conus, cord atrophy, and subarachnoid fat droplets. Conclusion Multiple intramedullary lipomas with an intramedullary dermoid represent a form of spinal lipomatous malformation. Both may represent embryogenic mesenchymal inclusions and hamartomatous growth, which can be accurately diagnosed with MRI.

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