Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 79, Issue 1, pp 57–59 | Cite as

Spinal extramedullary anaplastic ependymoma with spinal and intracranial metastases

  • Mascha Schuurmans
  • Jan A.L. Vanneste
  • Marco J.T. Verstegen
  • Wouter R. van Furth
Clinical--patient studies


We describe a 29-year-old woman who presented with progressive neck pain, sensory deficit and weakness in both arms. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the cervical spine revealed an extramedullary tumor with severe spinal cord compression. During surgery an intradural extramedullary tumor was found. Further imaging showed a second lumbar spinal tumor. Microscopy of both tumors showed that both tumors were anaplastic ependymomas, which almost never present as extramedullary tumors. Two years after surgery, an intracranial extracerebral metastasis was found, without evidence of spinal recurrence.


anaplastic spinal ependymoma extramedullary ependymoma cervical spine spinal metastasis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mascha Schuurmans
    • 1
  • Jan A.L. Vanneste
    • 1
  • Marco J.T. Verstegen
    • 2
  • Wouter R. van Furth
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurologySint Lucas Andreas ZiekenhuisAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Academic Medical CentreUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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