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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 396-398

Single staged complete length excision of the holocord ependymoma: Team work

Department of Neurosurgery, SGPGIMS, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Arun Kumar Srivastava
Department of Neurosurgery, SGPGIMS, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.174450

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The authors present a case of a 15-year-old male patient who presented with gradually progressive quadriparesis for 3 years. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine was suggestive of heterogeneously enhancing mass lesion extending from cervicomedullary junction to conus. This holocord spinal tumor was excised in a single stage with standard microsurgical technique. In immediate postoperative period, the patient had deterioration in power in both lower limbs which improved in follow-up at 6 months. Histopathology of the tumor was suggestive of ependymoma. Holocord ependymoma is a rare entity; until now, only six cases have been described in the literature. To the author's best knowledge, this is only the second case of holocord ependymoma excised in a single stage.


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