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Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI)
ISSN: 0973-1482
EISSN: 1998-4138
Vol. 5, No. 4, 2009, pp. 290-292
Bioline Code: cr09068
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2009, pp. 290-292

 en Spinal epidermoid cyst with sudden onset of paraplegia
Munshi, Anusheel; Talapatra, Kaustav; Ramadwar, Mukta & Jalali, Rakesh


Spinal epidermoid cysts, whether congenital or iatrogenic, are relatively uncommon in the spinal cord. When they occur, the typical location is in the subdural, extramedullary space of the lumbo-sacral region. We describe an unusual presentation in a 3-year-old male child which mimicked astrocytoma clinicoradiologically. The child developed sudden onset of inability in walking and weakness of both lower limbs after a fall. There was a dramatic reversal of symptoms after surgery. Histopathology revealed an epidermoid cyst of the spine. On the first follow-up visit at 3 months, the child was asymptomatic.

Epidermoid cyst, spinal, paraplegia

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