Cystic lumbar nerve sheath tumours: MRI features in five patients

Australas Radiol. 2001 May;45(2):123-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1673.2001.00891.x.


Intraspinal cystic lumbar nerve sheath tumours constitute an uncommon subset of tumours with distinct clinico-biological behaviour. The MRI findings in five such cases are presented. Four of these were cystic schwannomas and one was a cystic neurofibroma. The pathology, MRI findings and the differential diagnosis of these rare tumours are analysed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cysts / diagnosis
  • Diacylglycerol Kinase
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurilemmoma / diagnosis*
  • Neurofibroma / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / diagnosis*


  • Diacylglycerol Kinase