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November 1928

INTRAMEDULLARY LIPOMA OF THE SPINAL CORDCOMPLETE OPERATIVE REMOVAL

Author Affiliations

Fellow of the National Research Council ST. LOUIS
From the Neurosurgical Service, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1928;17(5):829-833. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1928.01140110116004
Abstract

Intramedullary lipoma of the spinal cord is extremely rare clinically. Because of its rarity and also because it was possible to remove the tumor at operation, it has been deemed desirable to report this case.

REPORT OF A CASE 

History.  —J. M., a man, aged 46, entered Barnes Hospital in February, 1928, complaining of weakness in the lower extremities. The onset occurred three years prior to entrance, with pain in both ankles and in the right knee. Although pain was without relation to motion, he was treated for arthritis for six months. When not standing, he was free from discomfort. Weakness soon intervened, and he had been incapacitated for work during the past eighteen months of his illness. A year before he entered the hospital, the pain had almost subsided but weakness gradually progressed, so that walking was possible only with considerable difficulty. The outstanding feature was an inability to

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