Radiographic Pearls in the Evaluation of an Extradural Thoracic Meningioma: A Case Report

Neil Haranhalli, Jonathan P Nakhla, Reza Yassari, Merritt D Kinon
Curēus 2017 February 15, 9 (2): e1031
Spinal meningiomas are the most common of adult spinal tumors. Spinal meningiomas account for up to 45% of all intradural spinal tumors in adults and up to 25% of all spinal tumors. While spinal meningiomas are traditionally classified as intradural lesions, up to 14% may have an extradural component. Preoperative evaluation and directed use of imaging techniques are key in these rare but observed cases, to accurately diagnose and direct therapy. In this report, the authors present a case of a 61-year-old female with an incidentally found, exclusively extradural thoracic meningioma treated with surgical resection, highlighting key radiographic pearls in the evaluation of these uncommon lesions.

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