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A Journal on Neurosurgery

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ISSN 0390-5616

Online ISSN 1827-1855


Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2010 September;54(3):113-7


Cervical spine chondroma arising from C5 right hemilamina: a rare cause of spinal cord compression. Case report and review of the literature

Russo V., Platania N., Graziano F., Albanese V.

Department of Neurosurgery, “G. Rodolico” University Hospital Policlinico, Catania, Italy

Chondromas are rare primary spine tumors. Only 12 cases of chondromas located in the cervical spine have been reported in the literature up to now. The authors report a case of a cervical periosteal chondroma in a 38-year-old man presenting with neck pain and a syndrome of spinal cord compression. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a lesion that was hypo- or isointense on T1-weighted images and iso-hyperintense on T2-weighted images. Administration of Gd-DPTA resulted in margin enhancement on T1-weighted images. CT scans revealed a hyperdense calcified lesion arising from the internal surface of C5 right hemi-lamina. The patient underwent a right C5 hemi-laminectomy, with complete en-bloc removal of the lesion. The authors emphasize that early identification of the initial lesion should be coupled with total surgical resection, as a definitive treatment, in order to prevent malignant transformation.

language: English


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