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J Neurosurg. 1991 Aug;75(2):320-3.

Cervical paraganglioma with subsequent intracranial and intraspinal metastases. Case report.

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  • 1Division of Neurosurgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.


Paragangliomas, tumors derived from the extra-adrenal paraganglion system, have commonly been found in the retroperitoneum, abdomen, mediastinum, skull base, and neck. Rare intraspinal cases have included involvement of the cauda equina and filum terminale, and a recent case has been reported of thoracic cord paraganglioma with metastasis to the cauda equina. The authors present the case of a patient with a cervical paraganglioma who underwent subtotal resection followed by postoperative irradiation; she subsequently developed multiple intracranial and intraspinal metastases 7 months following the first decompression procedure.

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