Paravertebral glomangioma mimicking a schwannoma

Neurochirurgie. 2013 Aug-Oct;59(4-5):187-90. doi: 10.1016/j.neuchi.2013.06.002.


Glomus tumors are rare benign neoplasms usually arising from soft tissues. Surgical removal seems to be the best treatment. Here, we report the case of a 52-year-old female patient referred for chronicback pain, revealing a thoracic paravertebral tumor with no osseous extension. After surgical removal,this tumor turned out to be a glomangioma. Differential diagnosis with other more frequent tumors,such as schwannoma, is particularly difficult. A review of the relevant literature will be presented. A better knowledge of the natural history of those tumors, as well as the therapeutic options available, are necessary for spinal surgeons who may encounter such presentations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential*
  • Female
  • Glomus Tumor / diagnosis*
  • Glomus Tumor / pathology
  • Glomus Tumor / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurilemmoma / diagnosis*
  • Neurilemmoma / pathology
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spinal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome