Nontraumatic acute and subacute enhancing spinal epidural hematoma mimicking a tumor in a child

Ryan Kirwan, Gaurav Saigal, Ricardo Faingold, Augustin O'Gorman

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We describe a 10-year-old boy who presented with acute onset of neck pain and neurologic symptoms caused by a spinal epidural hematoma. An enhancing mass, which mimicked a tumor, was seen on MR imaging of the cervical spine. The uptake of gadolinium in the mass and the associated mass effect suggested a tumor etiology. Such spinal epidural hematomas are extremely rare in the pediatric population. Additionally, it is even more uncommon for spinal epidural hematomas to resemble tumors. It is important to consider this entity when an enhancing epidural mass is found on MRI in the setting of an acute presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-502
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004



  • MRI
  • Spinal epidural hematoma
  • Spinal tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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