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Eur Spine J. 2011 Jul;20 Suppl 2:S330-5. doi: 10.1007/s00586-011-1783-9. Epub 2011 Apr 6.

Intradural extramedullary spinal inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor: case report and literature review.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Pontchaillou Hospital, University of Rennes, Rennes, France.


The authors present the case of an inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor that involves the cervical spinal cord meninges, presenting in a manner mimicking en plaque meningioma, which has never been previously reported. During the first surgical procedure, which did not involve exploration of the intradural space, inflammatory epidural tissue was found. We performed a second operation to remove the tumor that was finally intradural, dural-based and very tough. Imaging studies, surgical findings, and histopathological examinations were used to support the diagnosis. Intradural extramedullary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor is a rare entity that has only been described nine times in the literature. Surgery remains the treatment of choice. Although histologically benign, spinal inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor can be aggressive and requires a large resection and long-term follow-up of the entire central nervous system with magnetic resonance imaging.

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