More MS news articles for July 2002

Spinal cord tumor in a patient with multiple sclerosis: case report

Arq Neuropsiquiatr 2002 Jun;60(2-B):475-7
Taricco MA, Machado A, Callegaro D, Marino R Jr.
Division of Neurosurgery, Hospital das Clinicas, Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.

The association between multiple (MS) sclerosis and cerebral gliomas has been sporadically reported in the literature, causing a long lasting discussion if these lesions occur coincidentally or if MS plaques may actually lead to the genesis of gliomas.

We report a 36 year old man who developed a rapid onset of right side weakness and loss of vision, having established a diagnosis of MS which was confirmed by CSF analysis and MRI.

Nine years later he developed progressive tetraparesis, leading initially to suspicion of illness relapse and a demyelinating plaque in the spinal cord.

However, after MRI investigation, a spinal cord tumor was diagnosed.

The patient underwent cervical spine laminotomy for microsurgical removal of the spinal cord tumor diagnosed as ependimoma.

The neurological deficits improved significantly.