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Schwannoma - Cervical Nerve Root and Spinal Cord Compression

A 46 year old woman presented pain in the neck for several months followed by a rapidly progressive quadriparesis over 2 days.

Show the Tumor                                Show the Gadolinium Enhancement

(Left) T2-weighted sagittal MRI of the cervical spine; (Middle) T1-weighted sagittal MRI of the cervical spine with gadolinium; (Right) T1-weighted coronal MRI with gadolinium of the neck and lung. Note the extradural enhancing mass at the C7-C8 levels which is compressing the spinal cord. On the coronal scan, the mass extends from the neck and invades the upper lung. Excisional biopsy demonstrated the mass to be a schwannoma.

Revised 05/04/06.
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