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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2001;30(5): 666-669.
Metastasis of Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma to Thoracic Spine.
Jun Gyu Oh, Joo Seung Kim, Byung Gwan Moon, Hee In Kang, Seung Jin Lee
Department of Neurosurgery, Nowon Eulji General Hospital Eul Ji College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
We report a case of meningeal hemangiopericytoma presenting as metastasis in the vertebral body and pedicle of the thoracic spine. Hemangiopericytoma is a rare vascular neoplasm. Although the tumor has a strong propensity for both local recurrence and extracranial metastasis, metastasis to thoracic spine is very rare and only two cases were found in the literature. A 44-year-old woman with paraparesis and pain in the thoracic and lower legs was examined by plain radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging. The intracranial hemangiopericytoma was operated 3 years ago. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a tumor invading the left vertebral body and pedicle of the 11th thoracic spine, and compressing the dural sac. The patient was gradually improved after surgical removal of the lesions and the histologic findings were characteristics of hemangiopericytoma.
Key Words: Hemangiopericytoma; Metastasis; Thoracic spine
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