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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2001 December;45(4):216-9

Copyright © 2001 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the spine. Case report and review of the literature

Dimeco F. 1, Rizzo P. 1, Li K. W. 3, Ciceri E. 1, Casali C. 1, Pollo B. 2, Lasio G. 1

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Istituto Nazionale Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan, Italy; 2 Department of Pathology, Istituto Nazionale Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan, Italy; 3 Department of Neurological Surgery, John Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA


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Pigmented vil­lo­nod­u­lar syn­ovitis (­PVNS) is a dis­ease of the ­joints ­which uncom­mon­ly ­involves the ­spine. We ­present a 70-­year-old wom­an ­with radic­u­lar symp­toms who was ­found to ­have a ­mass aris­ing ­from a lum­bar zyga­poph­y­seal ­joint ­with exten­sion ­into the spi­nal ­canal. Following ­gross-­total exci­sion of the ­mass, his­tol­o­gy ­revealed ­PVNS. One ­month ­after sur­gery, the ­patient had no symp­toms and ­there was no evi­dence of resid­u­al or recur­rent dis­ease.

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