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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 24-26

Giant cervical intramedullary lipoma with intracranial extension

Departments of Pediatric Intensive Care and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital 12-A , Nageswara Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai -600 034, India

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Intramedullary lipomas are rare tumours of the spinal cord. The account for about 1% of spinal neoplasms (Neurosurgery, 12, 1983, 460). Their association with a dysraphic state is well known and is common but their occurrence in the absence of a neural tube defect is very rare. They can occur anywhere along the length of the spinal cord but their extension into posterior cranial fossa is very rare. We are herewith reporting a case of intradural cervical spinal lipoma with extension into the posterior cranial fossa. The diagnosis was established by magnetic resonance imaging. The intraspinal portion was resected and the child is awaiting surgery for the intracranial part.


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