Spinal cord meningioma

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✓ The authors present a retrospective analysis of 97 cases of spinal meningioma. Age, sex, tumor location, and clinical presentation are similar to that reported by others. Importantly, even among paraplegic patients, one-third eventually walked. Other findings of note were poor results among those with calcified or recurrent tumors, and a high incidence of invasiveness among the rare epidural lesions. Males do not show the preference for a thoracic location that is found among females, and cervical tumors are almost all anterior to the cord. This last point suggests a different surgical approach in some cases. A large percentage of cases carried other diagnoses before tumor was recognized.

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