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Occult thoracic intradural extramedullary spinal canal lesions discovered by extending cervical and lumbar myelography

  • David S. Martin
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    Address reprint requests to: David S. Martin, MD, Department of Radiology, The University Hospital, 3635 Vista and Grand, P.O. Box 15250, St. Louis, MO 63110-0250.
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    St. Louis University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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  • Eric E. Awwad
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    St. Louis University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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      Abstract

      We retrospectively reviewed the extended myelograms of 388 patients and identified two clinically occult intradural extramedullary lesions of the thoracic region of the spinal canal. Quality evaluation of the adjacent thoracic region can be quickly and simply performed at the time of lumbar or cervical myelography with the high volumes of relatively nontoxic water soluble intrathecal contrast agents allowed today. We recommend this screen to detect otherwise occult thoracic lesions.

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