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Solitary Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastasis from Colon Carcinoma: A Case Report and Literature Review

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It is extremely rare for cancer to present as an intramedullary spinal cord metastasis. The authors report on a case of a 74-year-old woman presenting with progressive tetraparesis to metastatic colon adenocarcinoma in the spinal cord. A review of the literature reveals that intramedullary localization is associated with a very short life expectancy, with a median survival of 3-4 months from the time of the diagnosis; nevertheless microsurgical removal of tumor can improve quality of life.

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P. Lunardi, R. Corinaldesi, T. Lunardi and R. Floris, "Solitary Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastasis from Colon Carcinoma: A Case Report and Literature Review," Open Journal of Modern Neurosurgery, Vol. 4 No. 1, 2014, pp. 47-51. doi: 10.4236/ojmn.2014.41011.


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