Thoracic myelopathy secondary to intradural extramedullary bronchogenic cyst

Paul M. Arnold, Laura L. Neff, Karen K. Anderson, Alan R. Reeves, Kathy L. Newell

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Background/Objective: To report a case of thoracic myelopathy secondary to intradural extramedullar bronchogenic cyst. Study Design: Case report. Methods/Findings: A 20-year-old man presented to the emergency department with increasing back pain and lower-extremity weakness. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a cystic lesion at the T4 level with mass effect on the spinal cord. Results: The lesion was resected, and histopathologic evaluation showed a cyst lined by respiratory-type epithelium consistent with a bronchogenic cyst. Conclusions: Intradural extramedullar bronchogenic cysts of the thoracic spine have been reported previously but are extremely rare. The treatment of choice is surgical resection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-597
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Bronchogenic cyst
  • Myelopathy, compressive
  • Neoplasm, extramedullary intradural spinal cord
  • Paraparesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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