Invasive myxopapillary ependymoma of the lumbar spine: A case report

World J Clin Cases. 2019 May 26;7(10):1142-1148. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v7.i10.1142.


Background: Myxopapillary ependymomas are rare spinal tumours. Although histologically benign, they have a tendency for local recurrence.

Case summary: We describe a patient suffering from extra- and intradural myxopapillary ependymoma with perisacral spreading. He was treated with subtotal resection and postoperative radiation therapy. After treatment, he experienced slight sphincter disorders and lumboischialgic pain with no motor or sensory disturbances. Eight months later, a tumour regression was documented. The patient is still followed-up regularly.

Conclusion: Lumbar myxopapillary ependymomas may present with lumbar or radicular pain, similar to more trivial lesions. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the primary modality for diagnosis. The treatment aim is to minimize both tumour and therapy-related morbidity and to involve different treatment modalities.

Keywords: Case report; Lumbar pain; Myxopapillary ependymoma; Spinal tumour; Surgery.

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