Turkish Neurosurgery 2011 , Vol 21 , Num 1
CT Findings of a Th oracic Vertebral Hemangioma Presenting with Acute Neurological Symptoms
Sinan TAN1, Aydın KURT1, Ozerk OKUTAN2, Suat KESKIN1
1Ankara Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Department of Radiology, Ankara, Turkey
2Ankara Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 0.5137/1019-5149.JTN.3278-10.2 Vertebral body hemangiomas are benign lesions and account for 4% of all spinal tumors. The most common histological type is cavernous hemangioma. These tumors generally locate in the vertebral body as a solitary lesion. Multiple lesions are seen in approximately 25-30% of vertebral hemangiomas. Mostly they are asymptomatic and incidentally found with radiological studies. Symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas are rare and represent <1% of all hemangiomas; however, if untreated, they may cause local or radicular pain and neurological deficits ranging from myeloradiculopathy to paralysis. In this case we aim to present preoperative and postoperative Computed Tomography findings of a cavernous hemangioma that caused sudden motor deficit and was localised to the thoracic vertebra corpus and posterior elements. Keywords : Spine, Cord compression, Vertebral hemangioma, Computed tomography
Corresponding author : Sinan Tan, drsinantan@gmail.com