Young female from a peripheral hospital with paraparesis.
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Well defined enhancing intradural, extramedullary mass at the T2/T3 level causing severe compression.
High signal foci in the cord in keeping with compression related oedema.
The appearances are in keeping with a benign intradural extramedullary spinal tumour.
The differential includes; a spinal meningioma, schwannoma and neurofibroma.
No convinving dural tail is evident, however this is the most likely cause, 80% of spinal meningiomas occuring at the thoracic level.
No internal cystic component as is common with a schwannoma. No other lesions to suggest a neurofibroma.