Back pain is a common cause of admission to military hospitals in this country. A possible explanation of an occasional case is compression of the spinal cord by hemangioma of the vertebra. Hemangiomas of the vertebrae have been noted in more than 10 per cent of a large series of routine autopsies, more commonly in older persons and in females (Schmorl, quoted by most of the authors cited). While these hemangiomas rarely result in compression of the cord, when they occur in young males they seem to cause symptoms relatively often. Beiley,1 in reviewing 26 reported cases with evidence of compression (1929), noted 4 in patients under 20 years of age (Globus and Doshay 13, Trommer 17, Guillain 18, Gerhardt 18), and Kudryashev2 more recently has reported one in a youth of 19.
In 1942 Ferber and Lampe3 assembled from the literature 52 cases of hemangioma of
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