Abstract

Hemangioblastoma of the conus medullaris with MRI has not been reported before. A 75-year-old man had a history of falling due to weakness of his left lower limb. MRI revealed a well-defined oval mass in the conus medullaris. The tumor had an isointense signal relative to spinal cord on T1-weighted images, hyperintense signal areas intermixed with punctate spots of hypointensity on T2-weighted images, and heterogeneous obvious enhancement on gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted images. Associated abnormally tortuous vessels were noted in the dura proximal to the tumor. Histological findings were compatible with the diagnosis of hemangioblastoma. Hemangioblastoma should be included in the differential diagnosis in patients with an enhancing tumor and adjacent engorged vessels of the spinal cord.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalComputerized Medical Imaging and Graphics
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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Hemangioblastoma
Magnetic resonance imaging
Tumors
Spinal Cord
Accidental Falls
Gadolinium
Neoplasms
Lower Extremity
Differential Diagnosis

Keywords

  • Conus medullaris
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Spinal cord tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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MRI of hemangioblastoma in the conus medullaris. / Chen, Chia Yuen; Chen, Pao Huan; Yao, Min Szu; Chu, Jan Show; Chan, Wing P.

In: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, Vol. 32, No. 1, 01.2008, p. 78-81.

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