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Report and Review of Spinal Cord Tumors

Author(s): S. Refahi | M. Pourissa | L. Dadashi

Journal: Iranian Journal of Radiology
ISSN 1735-1065

Volume: 5;
Issue: S1;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Spinal tumors are uncommon lesions but may cause significant morbidity in terms of limb dysfunction. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 90 patients who hospitalized at our institution since January 2003 to December 2006. The purpose of this study was to determine the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in localizing and detecting types of the spinal tumors in 50 patients with spinal tumors operated at the Imam Khomeini Hospital, Ta-briz, Iran. We describe the most common spinal tu-mors in detail. In general, intradural extramedullary lesions are the most common with metastasis being the most frequent. Intrathecal lesions are rare. Finally we illustrate that use of magnetic resonance imaging can be useful to recognizing spinal tumors, specially after administration of a contrast media by sensitivity of 94%.
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