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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2008 June;52(2):55-9

Copyright © 2008 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Solitary plasmacytoma of the upper cervical spine: therapeutic consideration

Voulgaris S. 1, Partheni M. 2, Gousias K. 1, Polyzoidis K. 3, Konstantinou D. 2

1 Department of Neurosurgery School of Medicine, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece 2 Department of Neurosurgery School of Medicine, University of Patras, Patras, Greece 3 Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece


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Solitary plasmacytomas are localized plasma cell malignancies involving bone marrow (solitary bone plasmacytoma, SBP) or extramedullary tissues (solitary extramedullary plasmacytoma, SEP). The upper cervical spine involvement by SBP is a rare and more challenging condition. The authors describe a patient with solitary plasmacytoma involving all the elements of C2 vertebra. Severe neck pain was the only manifestation of disease. The patient underwent an occipito-cervical stabilization with a partial decompression through a single posterior approach. The authors stress the importance of early diagnosis followed by appropriate multidisciplinary treatment strategies, including surgery and discuss the management dilemmas concerning the timing and management consequence, in scope to prevent a major neurological damage and allow the patient to be ambulatory.

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