Spinal arteriovenous malformation associated with Schimmelpenning syndrome

Case report

Kaith K. AlmeftyDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix;

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Andrew F. DucruetDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix;

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R. Webster CrowleyDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix;

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Ruth BristolDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona; and

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Sean D. LavineDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Columbia University, New York, New York

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Felipe C. AlbuquerqueDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix;

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The authors report the presentation and management of a 13-year-old girl with Schimmelpenning syndrome, a rare neurocutaneous syndrome; this patient suffered hemorrhage of a spinal arteriovenous malformation. This is the first case of a spinal arteriovenous malformation reported in association with Schimmelpenning syndrome. Neurosurgeons should be aware of this rare phacomatosis as well as of the various neurological disorders associated with this diagnosis. The threshold for imaging the neuraxis in these patients should be low.

Abbreviation used in this paper:

AVM = arteriovenous malformation.
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