MRI of intradural-extramedullary spinal neurinomas and meningiomas

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      The magnetic resonance images of 16 patients with intradural-extramedullary spinal tumors, consisting of 11 neurinomas and five meningiomas were reviewed The neurinomas appeared hypointense compared to the spinal cord on unenhanced T1-weighted images (T1WI) in nine of 11 patients, and hyperintense on T2-weighted images (T2WI) in nine of 11 patients. Neural foraminal extension was present in two cases. All 10 neurinomas were markedly enhanced; six of them exhibited ring-like enhancement on Gadolinium-DTPA (Gd-DTPA)-enhanced T1WI. The meningiomas appeared isointense on unenhanced T1WI in four of five patients and on T2WI in three of four patients. Three meningiomas showed moderate homogeneous contrast enhancement after the intravenous administration of Gd-DTPA. It is concluded that careful scrutiny of magnetic resonance images facilitates the differential diagnosis of spinal neurinomas and meningiomas.


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