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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2010;48(3): 272-275.
doi: https://doi.org/10.3340/jkns.2010.48.3.272
Capillary Hemangioma of the Thoracic Spinal Cord.
Sung Kyun Chung, Taek Kyun Nam, Seung Won Park, Sung Nam Hwang
Department of Neurosurgery, Chung-Ang University Yongsan Hospital, Seoul, Korea. tarheelk@hanmail.net
Capillary hemangiomas are common soft tissue tumors on the skin or mucosa of the head and neck in the early childhood, but very rare in the neuraxis. A 47-year-old man presented with one month history of back pain on the lower thoracic area, radiating pain to both legs, and hypesthesia below T7 dermatome. Thoracic spine MRI showed 1x1.3x1.5 cm, well-defined intradural mass at T6-7 disc space level, which showed isointensity to spinal cord on T1, heterogeneous isointensity on T2-weighted images, and homogeneous strong enhancement. The patient underwent T6-7 total laminotomy, complete tumor removal and laminoplasty. Histologically, the mass showed a capsulated nodular lesion composed of capillary-sized vascular channels, which were tightly packed into nodules separated by fibrous septa. These features were consistent with capillary hemangioma.
Key Words: Capillary hemangioma; Spinal cord; Intradural extramedullary tumor
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