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Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 131-133

Extradural chondroma presenting as lumbar mass with compressive neuropathy

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA
3 Department of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Correspondence Address:
Andrew M Lozen
Department of Neurosurgery, 9200 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-8237.142308

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The identification of a soft tissue chondroma within the spine represents a rarity and is typically not included within the differential diagnosis for patients with sensory complaints of the leg. The authors describe 46-year-old female presenting with 3-week history of decreased sensation and paresthesias of the left leg. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine demonstrated an L3 extradural soft tissue mass. She underwent an uncomplicated excision through an L3 laminectomy and exhibited complete resolution of symptoms. Pathologic examination revealed benign cartilaginous tissue; however, the authors recommend long-term follow-up for such lesions as the potential for malignant transformation is unknown.

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