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Non-enhancing pilocytic astrocytoma of the spinal cord.

Authors
  • Larson, David B
  • Hedlund, Gary L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric radiology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2006
Volume
36
Issue
12
Pages
1312–1315
Identifiers
PMID: 17021719
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pilocytic astrocytomas are among the most common intramedullary spinal cord tumors in the pediatric age group. The presence of contrast enhancement is a major factor used to distinguish these tumors from other spinal cord lesions. We present a case of histologically proved non-enhancing intramedullary spinal cord pilocytic astrocytoma in a 12-year-old girl. This case represents an exception to the conventional wisdom that pediatric spinal neoplasms enhance with administration of intravenous contrast material.

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