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Spinal cord astrocytoma

Case contributed by Dr Ammar Haouimi


Dorsal scoliosis. MRI to rule out spinal cord lesion.

Patient Data

Age: 7 years
Gender: Female

The MRI sequences demonstrate diffuse swelling of the spinal cord with multiple cystic lesions within, extending from the bulbo-medullary junction up to the conus medullaris of low signal on T1WI high signal on T2WI with peripheral irregular enhancement mainly from T1 level to the conus medullaris. The solid component is well-visualized from T3 to T6 level with intense and relatively enhancement. 

Note dorsal scoliosis of left-sided convexity with no vertebral anomalies.

Case Discussion

MRI features of an intramedullary tumor involving the entire spinal cord (holocord presentation) corresponding probably to an astrocytoma (diffuse or pilocytic).

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Case information

rID: 74976
Published: 11th Mar 2020
Last edited: 12th Mar 2020
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Aurès Medical Imaging Center - Batna Algeria

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