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May 25, 1929


Author Affiliations


From the Surgical Clinic, University of Chicago.

JAMA. 1929;92(21):1748-1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700470024008

Cavernous hemangioma of the vertebrae presents a characteristic roentgenologic picture which can be readily diagnosed, and yet, of the ten cases reported which produced spinal cord symptoms, none were diagnosed either before necropsy or at operation. It is for this reason that we present a typical case of cavernous hemangioma of the vertebrae with compression of the cord. The patient is moreover, to our knowledge, the second to have been successfully operated on.

REPORT OF CASE  Hemangioma of the third, fifth and sixth dorsal vertebrae with compression of the spinal cord. Laminectomy. Roentgen therapy. Marked improvement.

History.  —Mrs. S. M., a Jewish housewife, aged 62, referred by Drs. Peter Bassoe and D. B. Rotman of Chicago, was admitted to the Albert Merritt Billings Hospital, Nov. 12, 1928, with an irrelevant past and family history. Until about ten months before admission she had been perfectly well, when one day she suddenly

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