Secondary syringomyelia due to intramedullary spinal cord metastasis. Case report and review of literature

Am J Clin Oncol. 1997 Dec;20(6):577-9. doi: 10.1097/00000421-199712000-00009.


Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis is relatively rare. We describe a patient having intramedullary spinal cord metastasis associated with syringomyelia, confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging, in a patient who had poorly differentiated carcinoma of the lung. The patient responded to treatment with steroids and radiotherapy, with complete resolution of neurologic symptoms and syringomyelia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / complications*
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / secondary
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / therapy
  • Syringomyelia / diagnosis
  • Syringomyelia / etiology*