Spinal schwannoma

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Patient with ongoing right L4 radiculopathy. Otherwise well.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Female

Relatively subtle T1 isointense, T2 hyperintense lesion at the L3 vertebral body level in the central canal, which enhances avidly following contrast.

Case Discussion

Incidental finding of a intrathecal, extramedullary mass.  The differential includes; schwannoma, neurofibroma or a metastasis. The former is in the most likely in this case, given the imaging characteristics.  Note the similarity in appearances, especially on the post contrast sequences to a schwannoma at the IAM - avidly enhancing with small cystic areas of degenerationw within.

The appearances were static on a repeat scan 5 months later.

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Case information

rID: 25448
Case created: 25th Oct 2013
Last edited: 4th May 2017
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