Giant cell bone tumor of the thoracic spine presenting in late pregnancy

Anupama S.Q. Kathiresan, Jeremiah N. Johnson, Brian J. Hood, Simone P. Montoya, Steven Vanni, Victor H. Gonzalez-Quintero

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BACKGROUND: We report a case of a large giant cell tumor of the thoracic spine presenting with spinal cord compression during pregnancy. CASE: A 24-year-old woman presented at term with lower back pain, bilateral lower extremity weakness, numbness, and bowel and bladder incontinence. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a spinal soft tissue mass compressing the spinal cord. The patient delivered a healthy girl by cesarean then underwent a T8-T9 laminectomy, posterior spinal decompression, and instrument fusion. Two days later, she had a thoracotomy, corpectomy of the vertebral body, and anterior tumor debulking. Ultimately, the patient was discharged to inpatient rehabilitation with improved lower extremity strength and returned bowel and bladder function. CONCLUSION: Obstetricians should be vigilant regarding progressive neurologic symptoms during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-431
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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