Intradural neurenteric cyst--two case reports of surgical treatment.

Intradural neurenteric cysts are rare congenital lesions and arise from incomplete separation of the developing notochord and foregut in the embryo. Neurenteric cysts are often seen in conjunction with other forms of occult spinal dysraphism. The cases of a 48-year-old male with pain in the right shoulder and numbness in both hands and a 7-year-old girl with subacute muscle weakness of the lower extremities are presented. Both patients underwent surgery. One lesion was completely excised, while the other could be only partially removed because of negative monitoring potential during the operation. Histological examination, showing pseudostratified ciliated columnar epithelium, confirmed the diagnosis of neurenteric cyst. The symptoms in both patients nearly disappeared after surgery. Recurrence of cyst was observed in the girl, though without neurological symptoms. In conclusion, two cases of intradural extramedullary cysts are reported. Clinical presentations, intraoperative findings, and histological features are discussed with a review of the literature.
AuthorsMichihisa Zenmyo, Yasuhiro Ishido, Takuya Yamamoto, Ichiro Kawakura, Ryusaku Nagayoshi, Kazunori Yone, Setsuro Komiya, Kosei Ijiri
JournalThe International journal of neuroscience (Int J Neurosci) Vol. 120 Issue 9 Pg. 625-9 (Sep 2010) ISSN: 1563-5279 [Electronic] England
PMID20707638 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neural Tube Defects (embryology, pathology, surgery)
  • Spinal Cord Diseases (embryology, surgery)

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