Spinal Intraosseus Schwannoma: A Case Report

Spinal Intraosseus Schwannoma: A Case Report

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Giorgio Spatola
Department of Neurosurgery, Fondazione Poliambulanza, Brescia, Italy


Introduction: Schwannomas are the most frequent extramedullary intradural spinal tumors, accounting for approximately 24% of all nerve sheath tumors in adults. In a lower percentage of cases they may be extradural or transdural (1-19%). Intramedullary schwannomas and intraosseous schwannoma are quite rare tumors representing. Case Description: A 74-year-old woman presented intense low back pain for a few months, associated with left cruralgia and dysesthesia spread to both lower limbs. Magnetic resonance and computed tomography examination demonstrated an extramedullary intradural osteolytic lesion located in the posterior part of the vertebral body and pedicles of L1. The patient underwent a first surgery 4 years earlier with complete removal of the tumor but after about two years she had a recurrence. She was then subjected to a new intervention of decompression, removal of the tumor and arthrodesis. The histological findings were compatible with a classical schwannoma characterized by intraosseous growth and multifocal bone infiltration. Conclusion: We reported a rare case of intraosseous schwannoma presenting as a recurrence four years after radical surgical removal of a classic lumbar schwannoma. Only 25 cases of these tumors have been previously reported and none of them as an intraosseous recurrence.

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Publication history
Received: Sat 19, Dec 2020
Accepted: Tue 29, Dec 2020
Published: Fri 15, Jan 2021
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DOI: 10.31487/j.SCR.2021.01.06