Giant lateral thoracic meningocele

Case contributed by Dr G Balachandran



Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.

Dorsolumbar spine


A large intraspinal extramedullary cyst with CSF signal extending from T10 to L2.

A giant meningocele is noted extending in the right paraspinal region of the right hemithorax measuring 23 x 17 x 16 cm in dimensions. Smaller left paraspinal meningocele is noted at T10 level connected to the intraspinal cyst.

Coronal myelogram shows a giant right meningocele and multiple small paraspinal meningoceles.

Case Discussion

The patient was referred for evaluation of paraplegia secondary to multiple intra and extraspinal cysts. They underwent lumboperitoneal shunt.

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