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October 1964

Spinal Cord Compression Due to Vertebral Angiomas During Pregnancy

Arch Neurol. 1964;11(4):408-413. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460220070009

I. Review of Literature  Hemangiomas of the vertebrae and spinal cord are extremely common lesions. They occur in the vertebrae, epidural space, meninges, and spinal cord. Virchow1 first described autopsy findings of a patient with hemangiomas of two vertebrae. The first report of cord compression from a vertebral angioma was given by Gerhardt2 in 1895. A similar report was made by Bailey and Bucy3 in 1929—the first from this country. The original report of x-ray characteristics of vertebral angiomas was given by Perman4 in 1926. This author described vertical striations produced by zones of reduced bone density between more dense trabeculae.Vertebral angiomas occur in about 10% of vertebral columns which are thoroughly examined at autopsy. Junghanns5,6 demonstrated this in an exhaustive review of 10,000 spinal columns. This frequency of occurrence is thought to be due to embryonal mesenchymal cell rests which are trapped in