Primary intramedullary melanocytoma of the spinal cord: case report.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: The authors report 2 cases of primary intramedullary spinal melanocytomas in 2 patients who presented with lower extremity numbness and/or weakness. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, thoracic laminectomy, and histological examination revealed the diagnosis. TECHNIQUE: Microscopic and immunohistochemical analysis revealed the diagnosis of primary melanocytoma. CONCLUSION: Melanocytomas of the spine are rare lesions without distinctive imaging characteristics and pose a preoperative diagnostic challenge. A review of the relevant literature and clinical behavior of this uncommon tumor entity is provided.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Karikari, IO; Powers, CJ; Bagley, CA; Cummings, TJ; Radhakrishnan, S; Friedman, AH

Published Date

  • April 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 64 / 4

Start / End Page

  • E777 - E778

PubMed ID

  • 19349809

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19349809

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4040

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1227/01.NEU.0000341516.22126.AA


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States