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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Abstract

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)
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

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Spinal Cord
Spine
Laminectomy
Hypesthesia
Lower Extremity
Thorax
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Intramedullary tumor
  • Melanocytoma
  • Spinal cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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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). https://doi.org/10.1227/01.NEU.0000341516.22126.AA

Primary intramedullary melanocytoma of the spinal cord : Case report. / Karikari, Isaac O.; Powers, Ciaran J.; Bagley, Carlos A.; Cummings, Thomas J.; Radhakrishnan, Senthilkumar; Friedman, Allan H.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 64, No. 4, 01.04.2009.

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Karikari, IO, Powers, CJ, Bagley, CA, Cummings, TJ, Radhakrishnan, S & Friedman, AH 2009, 'Primary intramedullary melanocytoma of the spinal cord: Case report', Neurosurgery, vol. 64, no. 4. https://doi.org/10.1227/01.NEU.0000341516.22126.AA
Karikari, Isaac O. ; Powers, Ciaran J. ; Bagley, Carlos A. ; Cummings, Thomas J. ; Radhakrishnan, Senthilkumar ; Friedman, Allan H. / Primary intramedullary melanocytoma of the spinal cord : Case report. In: Neurosurgery. 2009 ; Vol. 64, No. 4.
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