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SRX Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 975915, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.3814/2010/975915
Case Report

Giant Schwannoma with Endoabdominal Development: A Case of Radiculopathy

1Neurology Unit, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, 29100 Piacenza, Italy
2Department of Neurosciences, Institute of Neurology, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
3Neuroradiology Unit, Sant'Andrea Hospital, 19124 La Spezia, Italy
4Neurology Unit, Grosseto Hospital, 58100 Grosseto, Italy
5Neurology Unit, Campo di Marte Hospital, 55100 Lucca, Italy

Received 15 July 2009; Revised 31 August 2009; Accepted 2 September 2009

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Abstract

Lumbosacral radiculopathy is a very common pathology, frequently caused by degenerative spondyloarthropathies. However, radiculopathy may result from tumor in various locations within the spinal canal, more commonly extramedullary. Primary nerve root tumors are a rare cause of lumbosacral radiculopathy. The majority of primary spinal tumors are benign and slow growing, and their clinical manifestations may be difficult to distinguish from more common causes of radiculopathy, such as a disc herniation. To our knowledge, voluminous schwannomas with endoabdominal development have only rarely been observed. Lumbosacral radiculopathy is a common neurological syndrome which can be an important source of disability. Although the most common causes are disc herniation and chronic spinal arthropathy, physicians should be mindful of other causes, including neoplasms.