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Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 3815280, 3 pages
Case Report

Primary Intradural Extramedullary Spinal Melanoma in the Lower Thoracic Spine

1Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Leipzig University, Liebigstrasse 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
2Department of Nuclear Medicine, Leipzig University, Liebigstrasse 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
3Department of Neuroradiology, Leipzig University, Liebigstrasse 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
4Department of Neuropathology, Leipzig University, Liebigstrasse 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

Received 22 January 2016; Accepted 21 March 2016

Academic Editor: Yoshiya Yamada

Copyright © 2016 Kathrin Hering et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background Context. Up to date, only four cases of primary intradural extramedullary spinal cord melanoma (PIEM) have been reported. No previous reports have described a case of PIEM located in the lower thoracic spine with long-term follow-up. Purpose. Demonstrating an unusual, extremely rare case of melanoma manifestation. Study Design. Case report. Methods. We report a case of a 57-year-old female suffering from increasing lower extremity pain, left-sided paresis, and paraesthesia due to spinal cord compression caused by PIEM in the lower thoracic spine. Results. Extensive investigation excluded other possible primary melanoma sites and metastases. For spinal cord decompression, the tumor at level T12 was resected, yet incompletely. Adjuvant radiotherapy was administered two weeks after surgery. The patient was recurrence-free at 104 weeks after radiotherapy but presents with unchanged neurological symptoms. Conclusion. Primary intradural extramedullary melanoma (PIEM) is extremely rare and its clinical course is unpredictable.