Prague Med. Rep. 2023, 124, 181-188

Cord Herniation through the Site of Undiagnosed Thoracic Dermoid Tumour during Spinal Anaesthesia; Report of a Case and Describing Ways to Avoid

Mansour Parvaresh, Eshagh Bahrami, Sayedali Ahmadi, Arash Fattahi, Ali Farid

Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Received August 13, 2022
Accepted April 18, 2023

Spinal anaesthesia (SA) is one of the most prevalent types of anaesthetic procedures. There are very few reports of cord herniation through the site of spinal canal stenosis due to tumour. A 33-year-old female presented with acute paraparesis after spinal anaesthesia for caesarean section. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed an intradural mass from posterior of T6 to T8-T9 interface. We operated the patient and after laminectomy of T6 to T9, dermoid tumour containing hairs was totally resected and cord was completely decompressed. After 6 months, the patient is without any neurological deficit. Puncturing the dura with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the presence of an extramedullary mass could cause cord herniation through the blockade. In these cases, awareness about related signs even in absence of symptoms or complaints could help us to prevent post-SA neurological deficit.


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