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Silent Spinal Cord Tumor

Arjun Dhar, Apurva Prasad

Citation Information : Dhar A, Prasad A. Silent Spinal Cord Tumor. J Spinal Surg 2017; 4 (1):22-25.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10039-1120

Published Online: 01-03-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).



Intramedullary spinal cord tumors are rare, representing 4 to 10% of all central nervous system tumors. They account for 20% of all intraspinal tumors in adults and 35% of all intraspinal tumors in children.

Study design

Observational study.


Understanding the natural progression of an intramedullary spinal cord tumor.

Materials and methods

To report a case of silent intradural intramedullary spinal cord tumor in a 38-year-old patient, on regular follow-up in the outpatient department since 6 years.


Magnetic resonance imaging thoracic spine revealing intramedullary tumor which is localized, central, uniformly enhancing on contrast and is associated with syrinx formation from D1 to D7.




The rare incidence of intradural tumors commonly results in misdiagnosis and improper diagnostic workup, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment. Dilemma exists in the management of clinically silent intramedullary tumors as no specific guidelines have been formulated.

How to cite this article

Prasad A, Pawar SG, Dhar A, Ramani PS. Silent Spinal Cord Tumor. J Spinal Surg 2017;4(1):22-25.

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