Management of symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas: review of 13 patients

Neurol India. 2002 Sep;50(3):300-5.


Thirteen consecutive cases with symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas, managed during a five year period from January 1995 at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, were analysed. Twelve patients had lesions in the thoracic and 1 in the sacral region. Eight patients had multiple level involvement. Seven patients had laminectomy and soft tissue component excision, of which one had intraoperative injection of absolute alcohol and one had postoperative radiotherapy. One patient had vertebrectomy and stabilization with preoperative embolization. One patient underwent only endovascular embolization. However, the focus of this communication is on 4 patients who underwent a CT guided percutaneous transpedicular injection of absolute alcohol into the affected vertebral body. In the surgical group, 6 patients had cavernous type and 2 patients had mixed type of hemangiomas. Ten patients improved on the Ranawat grade by the time of discharge. On the MRC grade, 11 patients had improved, one was grade 5 pre and postoperative, while one did not improve. Several options are available for the management of symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas and multiple modalities may have to be used for a single patient. CT guided percutaneous transpedicular injection of absolute alcohol shows promising results. However, long term follow up is mandatory.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Catheter Ablation*
  • Ethanol
  • Female
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sacrum
  • Solvents
  • Spinal Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae*


  • Solvents
  • Ethanol