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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-54

Spinal intramedullary ependymoma presenting with atypical facial pain: A rare occurrence

1 Department of Neurosurgery, LTMMC and LTMG Hospital, Karad, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of General Surgery, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University and Research Centre, Karad, Maharashtra, India

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Batuk Diyora
Department of Neurosurgery, Second Floor, College Building, LTMG Hospital, Sion, Mumbai - 400 022, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joss.joss_9_21

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Spinal cord ependymomas are the most common neuroepithelial tumors in adults accounting for two-third of all spinal gliomas. Although most patients with spinal cord tumors present with typical symptoms, the presence of a nonspecific clinical presentation with low clinical suspicion results in delayed diagnosis. We report a case of spinal intramedullary ependymoma in a 39-year-old man who presented with atypical pain over the lower half of the right side of the face for 3 months. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a high cervical intramedullary contrast-enhancing solid mass lesion. The lesion was excised via cervical laminectomy. Histopathological examination confirmed the presence of an ependymoma. Complete resolution of facial pain was achieved postsurgery. At 2 years of follow-up, there was no evidence of clinical or radiological recurrence. Atypical facial pain can be the presenting feature of spinal intramedullary ependymoma. Complete relief of facial symptoms can be achieved by microsurgical excision.

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