Intrathoracic giant meningocele developing hydrothorax: a case report

J Spinal Disord Tech. 2002 Dec;15(6):529-32. doi: 10.1097/00024720-200212000-00018.


A 67-year-old woman with neurofibromatosis type 1 presented with progressive dyspnea. Radiologic evaluation and magnetic resonance imaging revealed progression of a giant meningocele associated with hydrothorax. Laminoplasty with incision of the meningocele and dural plasty was performed, although nerve rootlets were killed. Microsurgical incision of the neck of the meningocele is a favorable operation even in large meningoceles such as the present case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrothorax / diagnosis
  • Hydrothorax / etiology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Meningocele / complications*
  • Meningocele / diagnosis
  • Meningocele / surgery
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Thoracic Diseases / complications*
  • Thoracic Diseases / diagnosis
  • Thoracic Diseases / surgery