Spinal cord compression from a thoracic paraganglioma: Case report

George R Cybulski*, E. Nijensohn, B. A. Brody, P. R. Meyer, Bruce Arnold Cohen

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A 34-year-old man with a 4-month history of midthoracic back pain sought treatment for a recent onset of lower extremity paresthesia and stiffness. A myelogram and computed tomographic myelogram disclosed an extradural block at the level of the 8th thoracic vertebral body with involvement of the pedicles, lamina, and spinous process. A posterior decompression of the spinal cord with subtotal resection of a highly vascular tumor was performed. The tumor was identified as a paraganglioma. In a second stage, the remainder of the tumor was embolized preoperatively, and gross total excision and sequential stabilization of the spine with a Luque rectangle and sublaminar wires were performed. The patient has been symptom free and without signs of a recurrence in the spine for over 13 months. A large abdominal paraganglioma was recently resected from its probable origin from the adventitia of the abdominal aorta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-309
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


  • Luque rods
  • Paraganglioma
  • Spinal cord tumor
  • Spinal stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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