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We present six cases of syringomyelia in children below the age of 16 years seen during the last 8 years at the neurosurgical departments in the west of Yorkshire. The clinical presentation of syringomyelia in children is different from that in adults and magnetic resonance imaging is the investigation of choice. Because of the natural history of(More)
A 45-year-old woman had pyrexia, headaches, collapse and hyponatraemia. Intracerebral abscess, bacterial meningitis and subarachnoid haemorrhage were excluded. She was given intravenous antibiotics and gradually recovered. One month later she was readmitted with diplopia, headache and vomiting. Serum sodium was low (107 mmol/l) and a diagnosis of(More)
Three cases of pituitary abscess are described. All were women with varying degrees of anterior pituitary dysfunction, diabetes insipidus and headaches. None had visual disturbance. A history of prior head injury was obtained in both young women who developed secondary amenorrhoea and hyperprolactinaemia. All three had low density, thick rim intrasellar(More)
A 53-year-old man presented with a 9-month history of symptoms of right-sided weakness, tingling and hypersentivity to clothes on both sides of the body. MRI revealed a large intraspinal intradural tumour at the level of C3-C4 in the cervical cord. The final histology was a solitary fibrous tumour (SFT) of the cervical spinal cord. The radiological(More)
Intramedullary cervical spinal cord schwannomas are rare tumours and complete excision is often an elusive goal. The use of the KTP laser to accomplish complete excision has not been reported previously. Postoperatively, our patient had no additional deficit and after 1 year has made a good recovery. This case further highlights the difficulty in(More)
Patients with non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) are followed-up with serial endocrine, ophthalmologic and radiological assessment. There is a lack of evidence based guidance regarding the frequency and duration of radiological assessment during follow-up. We retrospectively analysed the details of follow-up radiological scanning in a cohort of(More)
We report the case of an adolescent with a thoracic spine astrocytoma whose initial presentation was communicating hydrocephalus. We speculate that the mechanism may be reduced meningeal compliance due to meningeal spread of the tumour. Craniospinal MR imaging should be considered as part of the routine work up for patients presenting with unexplained(More)
We report and discuss the rare case of a pituitary abscess forming within a Rathke's cleft cyst (RCC). A 66-year-old gentleman presented with visual deterioration and symptoms suggestive of hypopituitarism. The patient underwent transsphenoidal debulking of the lesion whereupon purulent material was discovered. Histological examination was suggestive of RCC(More)
We report the first case of ectopic prostate tissue in a lipoma of the spine. Ectopic prostate tissue is well documented at a number of sites within the human body. Ectopic prostate tissue has previously been reported in the spine but usually in the context of spinal teratomas. This case is unique in that this is the first description of the presence of(More)