Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine

: 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122--125

Dorsal spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma

Darshana Sanghvi, Mihir Munshi, Bijal Kulkarni, Abhaya Kumar 
 Department of Radiology, Pathology and Neurosurgery, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Darshana Sanghvi
Department of Radiology, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri West, Mumbai - 400 053, Maharashtra

A 61-year-old female patient presented with diffuse pain in the dorsal region of the back of 3 months duration. The magnetic resonance imaging showed an extramedullary, extradural space occupative lesion on the right side of the spinal canal from D5 to D7 vertebral levels. The mass was well marginated and there was no bone involvement. Compression of the adjacent thecal sac was observed, with displacement to the left side. Radiological differential diagnosis included nerve sheath tumor and meningioma. The patient underwent D6 hemilaminectomy under general anesthesia. Intraoperatively, the tumor was purely extradural in location with mild extension into the right foramina. No attachment to the nerves or dura was found. Total excision of the extradural compressing mass was possible as there were preserved planes all around. Histopathology revealed cavernous hemangioma. As illustrated in our case, purely epidural hemangiomas, although uncommon, ought to be considered in the differential diagnosis of spinal epidural soft tissue masses. Findings that may help to differentiate this lesion from the ubiquitous disk prolapse, more common meningiomas and nerve sheath tumors are its ovoid shape, uniform T2 hyperintense signal and lack of anatomic connection with the neighboring intervertebral disk or the exiting nerve root. Entirely extradural lesions with no bone involvement are rare and represent about 12% of all intraspinal hemangiomas.

How to cite this article:
Sanghvi D, Munshi M, Kulkarni B, Kumar A. Dorsal spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma.J Craniovert Jun Spine 2010;1:122-125

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Sanghvi D, Munshi M, Kulkarni B, Kumar A. Dorsal spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma. J Craniovert Jun Spine [serial online] 2010 [cited 2021 May 6 ];1:122-125
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