Vertebroepidural metastasis of an ethmoid adenocarcinoma: A case report

August 2013
Oncology Letters;2013, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p1007
Academic Journal
Case Study
Ethmoid adenocarcinoma is the most frequent ethmoid tumor. To date, only a single case of spinal cord compression resulting from ethmoid adenocarcinoma has been reported. The current case study presents a recent case of vertebroepidural metastasis of an ethmoid adenocarcinoma leading to spinal cord compression. Modern imaging studies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 18 fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET), as well as histological and immunohistochemical analyses, have led to diagnoses of a metastasis of an ethmoid adenocarcinoma, which is a mucinous variant, dedifferentiated when compared to the primary tumor. The present case discusses current diagnostic and treatment protocols of this condition. Since survival rates associated with the primary tumor are improving, the incidence of spinal metastasis of ethmoid carcinomas is likely to increase in the future, therefore requiring appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic management.


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