The MRI appearances of an intradural spinal arachnoid cyst accompanying transverse myelitis

C. J. Chen, L. J. Wang, Y. C. Wong

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Abstract

The usual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appearance of an intradural spinal arachnoid cyst is a slightly increased signal of the cyst with some interspersing signal voids on T2-weighted images. We report a case of an intradural spinal arachnoid cyst with an unusual MRI presentation resulting from the existence of transverse myelitis. This unusual MRI presentation was initially misinterpreted as a spinal hematoma. Therefore, recognizing the changeable signals inside an intradural spinal arachnoid cyst is crucial for a correct diagnosis and avoidance of unnecessary operations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-132
Number of pages4
JournalChinese Journal of Radiology
Volume25
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arachnoid, cysts
  • Spine, hemorrhage
  • Spine, MR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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