CASE REPORT: PDF OnlyParaganglioma of the Cauda Equina Presenting with Erectile and Sphincter DysfunctionMarcol, Wiesława, b, *; Kiwic, Grzegorza; Malinowska-Kołodziej, Izabelab; Kotulska, Katarzynab, c; Kotas, Adriana; Adamek, Dariuszd; Wysokiński, TomaszaAuthor Information aDepartment of Neurosurgery, Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny Nr. 2, Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Katowice, Poland bDepartment of Physiology, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland cDepartment of Neurology and Epileptology, The Children's Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Kraków, Poland dDepartment of Pathology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland *Correspondence to: Dr Wies aw Marcol, Department of Physiology, Medical University of Silesia, 18 Medykow Street, 40-572 Katowice, Poland E-mail: [email protected] Received: March 26, 2008; • Accepted: February 4, 2009. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: June 2009 - Volume 72 - Issue 6 - p 328-331 doi: 10.1016/S1726-4901(09)70380-6 Metrics Abstract Paragangliomas of the cauda equina are rare neuroepithelial tumors, usually manifesting clinically as sciatica. Here, we report a case of cauda equina paraganglioma with an unusual course in a 43-year-old man. His main complaints were erectile and sphincter dysfunction. The low back pain was initially ascribed to accidental injury. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed intradural tumor at the L2/L3 level. The patient underwent gross tumor resection, and the diagnosis of paraganglioma was based on neuropathologic examination. The symptoms completely resolved after tumor resection. © 2009 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.