An aggressive vertebral hemangioma in pregnancy: A case report

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Introduction. Pregnancy-related compressive myelopathy secondary to vertebral hemangioma is a rare occurrence and its treatment antepartum is rare. Case presentation. A 19-year-old North African woman in her 38th week of pregnancy presented with paraplegia that progressed within 2 days after a rapidly progressive weakness of her lower limbs. Magnetic resonance imaging studies showed compression of her spinal cord in front of the fourth thoracic vertebra for suspected tuberculous spondylitis. A Caesarean section was done followed by corpectomy with a bone graft because we intraoperatively discovered a vertebral hemangioma. Pathology showed an aggressive hemangioma. Conclusion: At any term of pregnancy, extensive neurological involvement which is rapidly progressive due to compression should be considered for immediate decompression. © 2014 Slimani et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Slimani, O., Jayi, S., Fdili Alaoui, F., Bouguern, H., Chaara, H., Fikri, G., … Abdelilah Melhouf, M. (2014). An aggressive vertebral hemangioma in pregnancy: A case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-8-207

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