Primary intraspinal benign tumors treated surgically: an analysis from China

Br J Neurosurg. 2021 Oct;35(5):603-606. doi: 10.1080/02688697.2021.1923648. Epub 2021 Jun 4.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to review the clinical features in a cohort of Chinese patients with primary intraspinal benign tumors.

Methods: This retrospective study included a consecutive series of patients with intraspinal benign lesions who received surgery between January 2014 and October 2018 at our hospital. We collected each patient's clinical data, including age, gender, presenting symptoms, the spinal level (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or sacral), and location (intramedullary or extramedullary) of the tumor.

Results: A total of 66 patients were included in this study, of whom 24 were men and 42 (63.6%) were women. The mean age was 52.5 years (range, 21-76 years). The most common symptom was sensory deficits. The most common tumor type, found in 56.1% patients, was schwannoma, followed by meningioma in 33.3% patients. The commonly performed surgery included decompression of spinal canal and excision of spinal lesions.

Conclusion: Primary intraspinal benign tumors occur in elderly and female population and at the thoracic region. Schwannoma and meningioma are the two with higher incidence. The surgical outcome in terms of tumor excision and functional recovery is good.

Keywords: China; Tumor; benign; intraspinal; primary; surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meningeal Neoplasms*
  • Meningioma* / epidemiology
  • Meningioma* / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spinal Canal
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Spinal Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Spinal Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome