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J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2017 May;60(3):371-374. English. Case Report.
Huang Y , Liu L , Li Q , Zhang S .
Department of Orthopedics, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China.
Department of Orthopedics, Taihe Hospital, Hubei University of Medicine, Shiyan, China.

Ganglioneuroma (GN) is a rare benign tumor of neural crest origin usually found in the abdomen, but may occasionally present at uncommon sites including the cervical, lumbar, or sacral spine. However, GNs of thoracic spine are extremely rare. In this report, we describe a 12-year-old girl with giant GN in the thoracic spine, who underwent successful resection (T1–4 level) of the tumor. Histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis. GN should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any paraspinal mass. A high index of suspicion and correlation of clinico-radiological findings is necessary in differentiating a large benign tumor from a malignant growth. Complete surgical excision is the treatment of choice; however tumor size and location need to be considered for the surgical approach (one-step or multiple surgeries). Close follow-up after surgery is mandatory.

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