Cavernous angioma of the cauda equina producing subarachnoid hemorrhage. Case report

J Neurosurg. 1987 Jan;66(1):134-6. doi: 10.3171/jns.1987.66.1.0134.


A case of a cavernous angioma of the cauda equina is presented. The patient was a 28-year-old man who experienced sudden low-back pain and headache without neurological symptoms. Lumbar puncture revealed subarachnoid hemorrhage. He had suffered a similar episode 3 years previously. Selective spinal angiography did not demonstrate any abnormal vascularity. Metrizamide myelography and magnetic resonance imaging were useful in demonstrating the presence of a tumor. Laminectomy at L1-3 and total removal of the tumor were performed without neurological deficit.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cauda Equina*
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / complications*
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Male
  • Myelography
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / complications*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / pathology
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed