Hippokratia 2001, 5 (3): 104-109

S Angelidou, N Flaris, G Georgiou, D Pachatouridis, S Misirloglou, M Leontsini, F Tsitsopulos


A case of paraganglioma of the filum terminale in a 45-year-old female patient is presnted. Paraganglioma of th filum terminale, is a nonchromaffin, non-functioning neuroendocrin neoplasm. These tumors represent 3.5% of the cauda equina lesions and they usually are slow growing and indolent. The first clinical manifestation in most of the cases is back pin and less frequently sensory and / or motor deficit. They are treated by total surgical excision and have a good prognosis in general. Long term of follow up and the absence of metastases are the only reliable predictors of benign biological behaviour.

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