Ependymoma (cervical)

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Altered arm sensation and ataxic gait.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

Enhancing intramedullary spinal cord tumour extending from C3 to C5 with associated syrinx. Small T2 hypointensity at the inferior aspect of the mass may be haemosiderin. No prominent T2 flow voids. 

Case Discussion

The patient proceeded to resection of this mass.


MICROSCOPIC DESCRIPTION: Paraffin sections show fragments of a moderately hypercellular ependymoma. Tumour cells show mild nuclear pleomorphism. A very occasional mitotic figure is identified (1 in 20 HPF). There is no microvascular proliferation and no necrosis is identified. Part of the lining of an ependymal canal is noted at one edge of one fragment.

DIAGNOSIS: Cervical spinal tumour: Ependymoma (WHO Grade II).

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Case information

rID: 53295
Case created: 11th May 2017
Last edited: 13th Feb 2018
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