Intradural extramedullary cavernoma of a lumbar nerve root mimicking neurofibroma. A report of a rare case and the differential diagnosis.

@article{Mataliotakis2014IntraduralEC,
  title={Intradural extramedullary cavernoma of a lumbar nerve root mimicking neurofibroma. A report of a rare case and the differential diagnosis.},
  author={George Mataliotakis and Stravinsky Perera and Santhosh Nagaraju and Marco Marchionni and Nikolaos G Tzerakis},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  year={2014},
  volume={14 12},
  pages={e1-7}
}
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Intradural extramedullary (IDEM) cavernomas are rare vascular malformations. They are well-circumscribed dark berry-like lesions with a histologic appearance of sinusoidal vascular channels. Neurofibromas are the most common IDEM tumors, originating from all nerve elements and leading to firm enlargement of the affected nerve root. These lesions are completely different; however, they may involve the spinal nerve roots or the major nerve trunks. Any similarities in clinical… CONTINUE READING