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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology