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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2003 September;47(3):173-5

Copyright © 2004 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Nuchal fibrocartilaginous pseudomotor. Case report and review of the literature

Nicoletti G. F., Platania N., Cicero S., Furnari M., Albanese V.

Institute of Neurosurgery University of Catania, Catania, Italy


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The ­case of a 30-­year-old wom­an who, ­many ­years ­after a trau­ma to the ­neck, devel­oped a ­hard tis­sue ­mass in the pos­te­ri­or mid­line at C5-C6 lev­el is report­ed. The ­patient under­went sur­gi­cal exci­sion of the ­mass. Nucal fibro­car­ti­lag­i­nous pseu­do­tu­mor (NFP) was diag­nosed. This is a ­very ­rare non-neo­plas­tic ­lesion, prob­ably aris­ing ­throug a ­post-trau­mat­ic met­a­pla­sia of the ­nuchal lig­a­ment, and ­only 14 cas­es ­have ­been report­ed to ­date in the lit­er­a­ture. The cli­nic­o­path­o­log­ic and neu­ro­ra­dio­log­ic fea­tures of NFP are ­described.

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