Primary intramedullary melanocytoma of the spinal cord: Case report

Isaac O. Karikari, Ciaran J. Powers, Carlos A. Bagley, Thomas J. Cummings, Senthilkumar Radhakrishnan, Allan H. Friedman

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OBJECTIVE: The authors report 2 cases of primary intramedullary spinal melanocytomas in 2 patients who presented with lower extremity numbness and/or weakness. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, thoracic laminectomy, and histological examination revealed the diagnosis. TECHNIQUE: Microscopic and immunohistochemical analysis revealed the diagnosis of primary melanocytoma. CONCLUSION: Melanocytomas of the spine are rare lesions without distinctive imaging characteristics and pose a preoperative diagnostic challenge. A review of the relevant literature and clinical behavior of this uncommon tumor entity is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E777-E778
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009


  • Intramedullary tumor
  • Melanocytoma
  • Spinal cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Karikari, I. O., Powers, C. J., Bagley, C. A., Cummings, T. J., Radhakrishnan, S., & Friedman, A. H. (2009). Primary intramedullary melanocytoma of the spinal cord: Case report. Neurosurgery, 64(4), E777-E778.