July 1961

Vertebral Hemangioma with Spinal Cord Compression

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School, the Department of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, and the Neurological Unit, Neurosurgical Department and Pediatric Department, Boston City Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(1):96-100. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010098015

It is the purpose of this paper to record the occurrence in a young boy of compression of the spinal cord associated with vertebral and epidural hemangioma at the level of the cord lesion. The rarity of vertebral hemangiomata in the childhood age group and especially the occurrence of neurological complications accompanying the lesion, warrant reporting of the case.

Report of Case  A 9½-year-old boy was in good health until 2 weeks before admission when he began to complain of pains in his legs. These pains started in the right foot; they were sharp, intermittent, more severe at night, and at times radiated anteriorly toward the knee. There was no evidence of swelling, redness, heat, or tenderness on palpation. Within 2 days the left leg became similarly involved.On the tenth day after the onset of these complaints, the child was noted to walk with slapping feet and with knees

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