Intramedullary Spinal Cord Cavernous Malformations
Intramedullary spinal cord cavernous malformations are rare lesions and account for a small percentage of clinically evident cavernous malformations. However, the reported incidence rates likely underestimate their true rate of occurrence. The advent of magnetic resonance imaging has increased the diagnosis of these lesions as it has that of their intracranial counterparts. Our understanding of their natural history, however, is less well developed given their relative rarity and the devastating consequences of conservative management of symptomatic cavernous malformations of the spinal cord. Nevertheless, surgical management of these lesions with meticulous microsurgical technique and appropriate perioperative care has been quite successful. We report our experience with intramedullary spinal cord cavernous malformations and detail our surgical technique and perioperative management. Copyright 2003, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery
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Hsu, Frank P.K.; Clatterbuck, Richard E.; Kim, Louis J.; and Spetzler, Robert F., "Intramedullary Spinal Cord Cavernous Malformations" (2003). Neurosurgery. 225.