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Chirurgia 2015 April;28(2):75-7

language: English

Lumbar extradural extraosseous schwannoma causing extensive compression of the vertebral body

Edebali N., Açikgöz B., Kalayci M.

Department of Neurosurgery, Bülent Ecevit University, Faculty of Medicine, Zonguldak, Turkey


Destroyed vertebral body and posterior bone elements of the spine by a schwannoma may cause unstability. Besides the removal of the tumour tissue, the surgeons have to correct these bone deformities using stabilization techniques. In this report we present a patient operated for a spinal schwannoma originating from L5 nerve root with involvement of nearly half of the L5 vertebra. During surgery, the internal cortical layer of the vertebral body was found intact so instrumentation and fusion were not performed in our case. The patient presented no tumour recurrence after more than three years of unproblematic follow-ups.

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