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Year : 1981  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 247-250

An Unusual Spinal Intramedullary Epidermoid Cyst-Case Report



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Epidermoid tumour of the central nervous system are rare and represent less than one per cent of all brain tumours (Ross Fleming and Botterell 1959). The incidence of intraspinal epidermoid is even less, that too the intramedullary ones are extremely rare. MacCarty and associates (1959), found only 3 intraspinal epidermoids of spinal cord out 44 epidermoids of central nervous system. Manno et al. (1962) reviewed the literature, collected and classified 90 epidermoid tumours of the spine including 2 cases of his own. Higagi (1963) further put 2 more cases of intraspinal epidermoid on record making the total 92. Fager et al. (1966), Reeues (1967) and others have reported isolated cases. Gupta and Bhandari (1969), Ramamurthy and Sait (1973), each one of them had single case report to their credit. More recently, Page (1974) published an interesting report of intradural epidermoid cyst located in lumbar region and reviewed the literature. The purpose of this communication is to put on record one more case of intramedullary epidermoid because of its extreme rarity in the world literature and to the best of our knowledge this might be the third case to be reported from India.


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