Recurrent symptomatic vertebral hemangioma during two consecutive pregnancies: Case report and review of the literature

Abstract

BACKGROUND Pregnancy-related changes can exacerbate the symptoms/signs of vertebral hemangiomas. Here, we report a patient who experienced symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas resulting in cord compression during two consecutive pregnancies. CASE DESCRIPTION A 28-year-old female 34 weeks pregnant, presented with a progressive spastic paraparesis. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) demonstrated an T5 vertebral body signal change attributed to a hemangioma resulting in cord compression. Following a cesarean section, she had a trans thoracic T5 corpectomy with spinal fusion. Indeed, the histopathology was consistent with a vertebral hemangioma. She fully recovered after this first surgery. However, six years later, she again presented with a spastic paraparesis and sphincter deficit now 29 weeks pregnant. The MR demonstrated cord compression one more at the T5 level attributed to the hemangioma; following a T5 and T6 laminectomy, the left paracentral epidural vascular mass totally resected. Her child was successfully delivered 2 months later at which point she exhibited only mild residual lower limb spasticity. CONCLUSION Patients with known vertebral hemangiomas should be closely monitored during pregnancy as increased growth during these pregnancies may result in progressive spinal cord compression.

DOI: 10.4103/sni.sni_93_17

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@inproceedings{Fereydonyan2017RecurrentSV, title={Recurrent symptomatic vertebral hemangioma during two consecutive pregnancies: Case report and review of the literature}, author={Naderafshar Fereydonyan and Morteza Sanei Taheri and Farid Kazemi}, booktitle={Surgical neurology international}, year={2017} }