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J Neurosurg Spine. 2005 Dec;3(6):495-500.

Spinal hemangioblastoma containing metastatic renal cell carcinoma in von Hippel-Lindau disease. Case report and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Brain Tumour Research Center, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


The authors describe the case of a patient with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease in which a spinal hemangioblastoma contained metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The literature on tumor-to-tumor metastasis associated with VHL disease of the central nervous system (CNS) is reviewed. Midthoracic back pain developed in this 43-year-old man with a left-sided radicular component 2 years after he underwent resection of a left RCC. Radiological findings demonstrated a T6-7 intradural intramedullary lesion. A T5-8 laminectomy and gross-total resection of the spinal cord mass were performed. Light and electron microscopic examination showed features of hemangioblastoma, which contained metastatic foci of RCC. Genetic analysis demonstrated the presence of a deleting mutation in the first exon (nt. 394-406) of the VHL locus, truncating 16 amino acids (N61-77) from the first beta sheet in the VHL protein. A review of the literature revealed that RCC-to-CNS hemangioblastoma is the second most common donor-recipient tumor association among the tumor-to-tumor metastases.

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