Spinal subarachnoid hemorrhage attributable to schwannoma of the cauda equina

Surg Neurol. 1999 Apr;51(4):373-5. doi: 10.1016/s0090-3019(98)00046-9.


Background: Cauda equina syndrome occurring as a result of spontaneous spinal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) from a spinal tumor is reported to be rare.

Case description: A 28-year-old woman presented at our clinic with a history of severe back pain for 10 days, progressive paraparesis, and urinary retention. Her physical examination revealed a mass located intradurally at the level of L1-2 and a massive SAH. An L1-L2, laminectomy and a hemilaminectomy from D9 to D12 were performed and the SAH was evacuated and the cord was decompressed.

Conclusion: At the first year follow-up, her restricted dorsal and plantar flexion continued. Post-gadolinium magnetic resonance imaging revealed no mass.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cauda Equina* / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Neurilemmoma / complications*
  • Neurilemmoma / pathology
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / complications*
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / pathology
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / pathology