Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from colon cancer: A case report

Cheng Chia Tsai, Cheng Kuei Chang

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Abstract

Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis is a rare condition of systemic malignancy. We report a 41-year-old woman presenting with progressive paraparesis and acute urinary retention approximately one year after diagnosis of colon cancer. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination showed a tumor in the medullary conus. The preoperative diagnosis was ependymoma or astrocytoma. Decompressive laminectomy and partial removal of the conus mass were performed and pathological report revealed metastatic adenocarcinoma. Postoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy were also undertaken. Her neurological condition had improved two months after the operation. Unfornately, the patient died one year later from multiple metastases in the brain, liver and lung.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-202
Number of pages5
JournalFormosan Journal of Surgery
Volume36
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Colonic Neoplasms
Spinal Cord
Brain Stem Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis
Paraparesis
Ependymoma
Laminectomy
Urinary Retention
Astrocytoma
Adenocarcinoma
Radiotherapy
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Drug Therapy
Lung
Liver
Brain
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Colon cancer
  • Intramedullary metastasis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Spinal cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from colon cancer : A case report. / Tsai, Cheng Chia; Chang, Cheng Kuei.

In: Formosan Journal of Surgery, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2003, p. 198-202.

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