Korean J Spine.  2014 Jun;11(2):81-84. 10.14245/kjs.2014.11.2.81.

Intramedullary Spinal Cysticercosis: A Case Report and Review of Literature

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  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. aussie84@naver.com
  • 2Department of Pathology, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

To report a case of spinal intramedullary cysticercosis in thoracic spine. A 47-year old man living in Korea referred to our hospital with both feet tingling sensation for about a year. Laboratory evaluations, including serologic tests were not helpful. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a 1.7 cm intramedullary mass at T10-11 level, which believed to be a tumor instead, rather than a cysticercosis preoperatively. Successful operation was done with a histopathological result confirmed it as cysticercosis. Even though the prevalence of intramedullary spinal cysticercosis is extremely rare, and radiologic exams mimic other common tumors like ependymoma or astrocytoma, the disease should be considered as differential diagnosis.

Keyword

Cysticercosis; Intramedullary; Thoracic spine

MeSH Terms

Astrocytoma
Cysticercosis*
Diagnosis, Differential
Ependymoma
Foot
Korea
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Prevalence
Sensation
Serologic Tests
Spine
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