Intradural lipoma: timely intervention is what matters.


To cite: Kumar N, Kumar G, Dembla G, et al. BMJ Case Rep Published online: [please include Day Month Year] doi:10.1136/ bcr-2013-008820 A 20-year-old boy having weakness and atrophy of left upper limb since childhood, presented with difficulty in walking and spasticity of all the limbs for last 4 months. It was asymmetric in onset (L>R) and progressive, with no sensory, bowel or bladder complains. On examination, patient had a soft illdefined oval-shaped lump, 10×6 cm in size on lower neck and upper back (figure 1). The left upper limb was small and atrophic compared to opposite side. Central nervous system examination had asymmetric spastic quadriparesis (L>R); exaggerated deep tendon reflexes and positive Babinski’s sign; hypoesthesia below C3 dermatome; spastic-ataxic gait; normal higher mental, cranial nerve and cerebellar function. MRI of the spine showed a 12.7×2.4×2.3 cm intradural lesion, hyperintense on T1-weighted and T2-weighted sequences, and suppressed on short TI inversion recovery sequence (suggestive of lipoma), extending from the second cervical to the third thoracic vertebra, displacing the cord anteriorly and to the right (figures 2 (sagittal) and 3 (axial)). A similar lesion was seen in the overlying subcutaneous tissue. There were no vertebral anomalies. The lipoma was excised, which halt the progression with some improvement of the complaints. Intradural spinal lipoma unassociated with spinal dysraphism is a rare cause of quadriparesis, comprising only 1% of all spinal tumours. The most common site of involvement is the lumbosacral region, where it is

DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2013-008820

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@article{Kumar2013IntraduralLT, title={Intradural lipoma: timely intervention is what matters.}, author={Naveen Kumar and Gopalakrishnan Kumar and Gaurav Dembla and Deepshikha Trisal}, journal={BMJ case reports}, year={2013}, volume={2013} }