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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 259-262

Integrated treatment of a lumbar vertebral hemangioma with spinal stenosis and radiculopathy: A case report and a review of the literature

Department of Orthopaedics, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Dr. Elizabeth Yu
Department of Orthopaedics, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 725 Prior Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43210
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcvjs.JCVJS_106_19

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We describe a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment approach for lumbar vertebral hemangiomas (VHs) with spinal stenosis and radiculopathy. A 59-year-old female presented with 1 year of pain predominantly in the lower back, with pain in the left buttock and proximal left anterior thigh as well and magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine demonstrated lumbar scoliosis and an L3 vertebral lesion suspicious for hemangioma. A computed tomography guided biopsy was done, which supported the diagnosis. Definitive treatment entailed preoperative angiography and embolization, followed by L3 laminectomy, right L3 pedicle resection, partial L3 corpectomy, L3 vertebral cement augmentation, and L1 to L5 instrumented fusion. By 1-year postoperatively, the patient reported no radicular pain and only mild groin pain attributed to left hip degenerative joint disease. Radiographs 1-year postoperatively confirmed the stability of the instrumented posterior fusion and a magnetic resonance imaging with and without contrast confirmed no VH recurrence. A comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of VHs with neurological symptoms or signs is presented. This approach is recommended to maximize lesion removal, ensure biomechanical stability, and minimize recurrence.

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