Removal of Extramedullary Benign Spinal Cord Tumours

  • B. Guidetti
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 1)


In 1887 at the National Hospital for the Paralyzed Epileptic, Queen Square, London, Sir Victor Horsley performed a laminectomy on an army officer with extensor spastic paraplegia. The patient had been treated by Sir William Gowers4, who had diagnosed a spinal cord tumour and advised surgery. In the event no tumour was found and the operation was about to be concluded when Mr. Charles Ballance, who was assisting, urged Horsley to extend the laminectomy to a higher level. On removal of another lamina, a clearly circumscribed tumour was found and removed. For the first time in the history of medicine a patient operated on for a spinal cord tumour recovered from the operation completely and gradually resumed his previous occupation.


Nerve Root Dura Mater Spinous Process Spinal Cord Tumour Intervertebral Foramen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Guidetti
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  1. 1.Neurosurgical Clinic of RomeMedical SchoolRomeItaly

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