Article: PDF OnlyMcCormick Paul C.Neurosurgery Quarterly: September 1993 - p 178-191 Buy Abstract Summary Ependymomas are the most common intramedullary spinal cord tumor in the adult. Although unencapsulated, these tumors are typically well circumscribed and noninfiltrative. Many of these tumors are histologically benign. Accumulating clinical experience indicates that longterm tumor control or cure with preservation of neurologic function is best achieved with microsurgical removal alone. The clinical and radiographic features of spinal cord ependymoma are reviewed. The technique of intramedullary tumor removal is described. The need for careful, longterm follow-up and avoidance of management pitfalls is stressed. © Williams & Wilkins 1993. All Rights Reserved.