Ependymomas are the most common gliomas of the conus and lower cord, with the cervical cord being the second most common location. These tumors can extend upward 3–4 vertebra, and some ependymomas can extend up over 15 segments. Depending on many factors, such as tumor size, lateralization, kyphotic deformity, and lordosis state, there are several posterior surgical options, including laminectomy, laminectomy and lateral mass screw-plate, and laminoplasty. In this study, we discuss a case of intradural intramedullary cervicothoracic ependymoma with long-segmental localization, as well as the general surgical principles of its excision with step-by-step demonstrative figures.
Department of Neurosurgery, Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Reprints: Askin E. Hasturk, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Vatan Caddesi No: 33, 06200, Demetevler, Ankara, Turkey (e-mail: email@example.com).
Received February 1, 2016
Accepted October 25, 2016