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MYXOPAPILLARY EPENDYMOMAS OF CAUDA EQUINA: SURGICAL SERIES OF 9 CASES WITH 6 MONTHS - 10 YEARS FOLLOW UP


Author:   Diamantis Petsanas Co Authors:   Papanikolaou P.G., Kyrgiannis K., Kotselas V.K., Atzemi-Moldow N, Hatzidakis G.I., Georgopoulos Ch.E.

ATHENS, GREECE.

Background

We present a series of 9 adults submitted to radical microsurgical resection of cauda equina ependymoma of the myxopapillary type during an 11-years period (1994-2004). No recurrence was noted at the follow-up (6 months - 10 years).

Material and methods

4 of the patients were male and 5 were female. Average age was 44 years (the younger was 21 and the older was 58). The main clinical presentation was persistent lumbar pain. All 9 patients had a homogenously enhancing cauda equina - filum terminale tumour. In all cases origin of tumour was at the point of emergence of filum terminale from the conus medularis. In 3 cases the tumour was infiltrating the conus medularis as well. Patients were submitted to radical microsurgical resection via lumbar laminotomy or laminectomy using ultrasonic aspirator and CO2 Laser.

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