Ms. M-H.* is a 63 year old female with an 8 year history of progressive
weakness of her lower extremities, leading to her inability to walk
(spastic paraparesis) and sensory impairment to the T8 (Thoracic)
MRI and CT scans demonstrated a partially calcified, intradural tumor
exerting considerable pressure upon and displacing the Spinal Cord at the
T8 level. The calcification lay in the anterior (front) part of the tumor
which, itself, occupied the anterior portion of the Spinal Canal. The
presence of this calcification (bone) is a known occurrence in
Meningiomas. Nevertheless, this rock hard lesion makes resection a
A MINIMALLY INVASIVE (RIGHT-SIDED) APPROACH WAS USED TO PEFORM A
MICROSURGICAL COSTO-TRANSVERSECTOMY (removal of the Head of a Rib and
the Transverse Process of the Vertebra to which the Rib attaches)
TOGETHER WITH A T7-T8 FACETECTOMY and BILATERAL LAMINECTOMY at T7 &
T8 using a UNILATERAL (one sided) APPROACH. A COMPLETE
RESECTION of the CALCIFIED MENINGIOMA WAS ACCOMPLISHED.
Ms. M-H. noticed improvement in leg function shortly after surgery.
She began to walk several days post-operatively and continues to enjoy
steady improvement to unassisted walking.
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