An Intramedullary Osteolipoma of the Upper Thoracic Spinal Cord

Kota Kojima, Akio Iwanami, Shuji Mikami, Ken Ishii, Morio Matsumoto, Masaya Nakamura

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Case: We present a rare case of an intramedullary osteolipoma without any extramedullary connections or coexisting spinal dysraphism. A 48-year-old woman presented with back pain and pain around the lateral aspect of the left thigh. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a heterogeneous hyperintense and hypointense region on T1 and T2- weighted imaging. A cavernous hemangioma was suspected, and the patient was admitted for surgical resection. The histological diagnosis was an intramedullary osteolipoma. Conclusion: MRI with fat suppression and computed tomography are recommended for the diagnosis of an intramedullary osteolipoma, but a definitive diagnosis requires histological examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E80
JournalJBJS case connector
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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