Angioglioma of the Spinal Cord

World Neurosurg. 2016 Dec:96:610.e5-610.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.09.032. Epub 2016 Sep 15.


Background: Angiogliomas are rare low-grade glial tumors with significant vascular components. These tumors are usually seen in the brain, and spinal cord angiogliomas have not been reported in the literature until now.

Case description: We report the case of a 15-year-old boy with an angioglioma of the medulla and cervicodorsal spine, which was completely excised through a combined suboccipital craniotomy and cervicodorsal laminotomy. The patient experienced excellent clinical recovery after the surgery, and follow-up contrast magnetic resonance imaging showed complete excision of the tumor.

Conclusion: The fact that increased vascularity in a glioma does not always indicate a higher grade is confirmed by the unique histology of angiogliomas. These tumors can present with intratumoral bleeding. Awareness of these entities is extremely important. Complete excision can be attempted, and the postoperative prognosis is very good.

Keywords: Angioglioma; Spinal tumor.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Angiolipoma / diagnosis
  • Angiolipoma / pathology
  • Angiolipoma / surgery*
  • Cervical Vertebrae / pathology
  • Cervical Vertebrae / surgery
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Spinal Cord / pathology
  • Spinal Cord / surgery
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / pathology
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / surgery*