Intramedullary spindle cell hemangioma: case report

J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Sep;25(3):379-82. doi: 10.3171/2015.11.SPINE15641. Epub 2016 Apr 8.


The authors describe the case of a 48-year-old man found to have the first reported intramedullary spinal cord spindle cell hemangioma. Previous research indicates that spindle cell hemangiomas are rarely found in the spine. Only 3 previous cases exist, all in the intradural, extramedullary space. In the present case, gross-total resection of the tumor was possible with no loss of function from baseline. This report presents the successful resection of the first reported intramedullary spindle cell hemangioma and reports 4-month follow-up, demonstrating the biological behavior of this rare tumor.

Keywords: ASIA = American Spinal Injury Association; MEP = motor-evoked potential; SMA = smooth muscle actin; VIM = vimentin; gross-total resection; immunohistochemical analysis; intramedullary tumor; oncology; spindle cell hemangioma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hemangioma / diagnostic imaging
  • Hemangioma / drug therapy
  • Hemangioma / physiopathology
  • Hemangioma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / surgery*