CT findings of a thoracic vertebral hemangioma presenting with acute neurological symptoms.

Ankara Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Department of Radiology, Ankara, Turkey.
Turkish neurosurgery (Impact Factor: 0.58). 01/2011; 21(1):113-5. DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.3278-10.2
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ABSTRACT Vertebral body hemangiomas are benign lesions and account for 4% of all spinal tumors. The most common histological type is cavernous hemangioma. These tumors generally locate in the vertebral body as a solitary lesion. Multiple lesions are seen in approximately 25-30% of vertebral hemangiomas. Mostly they are asymptomatic and incidentally found with radiological studies. Symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas are rare and represent < 1% of all hemangiomas; however, if untreated, they may cause local or radicular pain and neurological deficits ranging from myeloradiculopathy to paralysis. In this case we aim to present preoperative and postoperative Computed Tomography findings of a cavernous hemangioma that caused sudden motor deficit and was localised to the thoracic vertebra corpus and posterior elements.

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