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Neurinomas originating from intercostal nerve roots can grow both inside and outside of the spinal canal, forming dumbbell-shaped tumors. Such a neurinoma was discovered at the Th3 and Th4 levels in a 73-year-old woman during evaluation for breast cancer surgery. Magnetic resonance images (MRI) showed spinal cord compression by the tumor despite lack of neurologic symptoms. The tumor was resected successfully via hemilaminectomy with costotransversectomy. Postoperative course was uneventful,pmid:17392669 fatcat:aok66vfyyvc6xpsyz6bjzcrt3u