Preoperative radiological evaluation with magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography was valuable in planning the surgical management of a destructive lesion of the posterior elements of the thoracic spine that was causing spinal cord compression in an 18-year-old woman. Preoperative recognition of bilateral involvement of the pedicles in addition to the laminae and spinous process led to use of prophylactic segmental stabilization of the spine with Luque rods after successful excision of an aneurysmal bone cyst. This case provides an example of the usefullness of computed tomographic scanning and magnetic resonance imaging in assessing the distribution and location of vertebral tumor and its potential effect on spinal stability. The efficacy of combining radical excision with stabilization for treatment of aneurysmal bone cysts of the spine is emphasized.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology