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Late spinal metastases from an isolated pineal region germinoma mimicking a schwannoma


Morrison, A L; Smith, A B; Benjamin, V; Allen, J C; Rushing, E J (2011). Late spinal metastases from an isolated pineal region germinoma mimicking a schwannoma. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 18(8):1126-1127.

Abstract

A 20-year-old male with a prior history of germinoma presented 8 years after the initial diagnosis with progressive lower back pain. The preoperative diagnosis was schwannoma based on the appearances of a tumor in the lumbosacral region on MRI; however, histologically, a germinoma "drop" metastasis was seen. This report emphasizes the need for long-term follow-up in patients with germinoma. In addition, this patient is unusual in that the preoperative assessment favored schwannoma.

A 20-year-old male with a prior history of germinoma presented 8 years after the initial diagnosis with progressive lower back pain. The preoperative diagnosis was schwannoma based on the appearances of a tumor in the lumbosacral region on MRI; however, histologically, a germinoma "drop" metastasis was seen. This report emphasizes the need for long-term follow-up in patients with germinoma. In addition, this patient is unusual in that the preoperative assessment favored schwannoma.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:07 Jan 2012 20:34
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:17
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0967-5868
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2010.11.030
PubMed ID:21600775
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-53650

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