Capillary hemangioma in the cauda equina: neuroradiological findings

Neuroradiology. 1991;33(5):458-61. doi: 10.1007/BF00598628.


A case of capillary hemangioma of the cauda equina is reported. Myelography with water-soluble contrast material showed a complete obstruction of the contrast column at the L1-L2 level. Neither plain nor intravenously enhanced CT revealed the tumor. Spinal angiography showed a feeding vessel to the tumor and a faint tumor stain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a mass lesion of slightly higher than cauda equina intensity, which was clearly enhanced with Gd-DTPA. MRI, especially Gd-DTPA-enhanced study, plays the most important role in the diagnosis of a spinal capillary hemangioma. Spinal angiography was interesting in showing a tumour with a capillary blush.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiography
  • Cauda Equina*
  • Hemangioma / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myelography
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed