Intraspinal Teratomas-a Report of two cases and Review of Literature

G Bhaskar
2012 Journal of Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences   unpublished
Intraspinal teratomas are rare congenital inclusion tumors. We report here two cases of spinal mature teratomas in adult patients, at different locations in the spinal canal. In one patient the tumor was intramedullary, located at conus medullaris and not associated with spinal dysraphism, while in the other, tumor was at the lumbosacral level intradurally, associated with hemivertebral defect of S1-2 level. These tumors are rarely diagnosed before surgical intervention. The clinical features,
more » ... agnetic resonance imaging characteristics and surgical treatment of such rare tumors are discussed and the relevant literature reviewed.