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J Neurosci Rural Pract. 2018 Oct-Dec;9(4):631-635. doi: 10.4103/jnrp.jnrp_30_18.

Cervical Intramedullary Cystic Teratoma with Dermal Sinus Tract: A Case Report and Review of Literature.

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Department of Neurosurgery, LTMMC and LTMG Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Intramedullary spinal teratomas are rare. We report a case in a 40-year-male who presented with progressive weakness over the right side of the body and gait imbalance. He had dermal sinus with hair patch over nape of the neck. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed cervical (C4-C7) intramedullary tumor with dermal sinus tract. C3-C7 laminectomy was performed and tumor excised along with the sinus tract. Histopathological examination revealed mature cystic teratoma. Gait ataxia was improved immediately while near complete recovery in motor power was achieved over a period of 2-3 weeks.


Dermal sinus; spinal dysraphism; spine tumor; teratoma

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