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April 1931

INTRAMEDULLARY TUMORS OF THE SPINAL CORD: A REVIEW OF FIFTY-ONE CASES, WITH AN ATTEMPT AT HISTOLOGIC CLASSIFICATION

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Sections on Pathologic Anatomy, Neurology and Neurologic Surgery, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;25(4):679-701. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230040013001
Abstract

Tumors of the brain are studied more and have been more satisfactorily classified within recent years than formerly. This is due, in great part, to the contributions of Cushing, Bailey and their co-workers, as well as of several other groups of investigators, especially in America. However, in neurologic and neurosurgical clinics, intramedullary tumors of the spinal cord are encountered much less frequently than tumors of the brain, so that the types are less thoroughly studied. The structure of the spinal cord is essentially the same as that of the brain; therefore, one would expect at least some similarity among the neoplasms arising from them.

It is our aim in this study to classify fifty-one tumors in which sufficient tissue has been removed to make classification possible and to endeavor to correlate the clinical and surgical features with the histologic structure of the neoplasms. A review of the clinical features that

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