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December 1978

Meningeal Sarcoma of the Spinal Cord in a Newborn

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatric Neurology (Drs Zwartverwer and Kaplan), Neonatology (Dr Hart), and Pathology (Drs Hertel and Spataro), Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix.

Arch Neurol. 1978;35(12):844-846. doi:10.1001/archneur.1978.00500360068014

• In a newborn infant, spinal rigidity and signs of cervical cord compression developed. Myelography suggested the presence of a spinal cord neoplasm, and pathologic studies confirmed the diagnosis of a pleomorphic cellular sarcoma originating from the leptomeninges of the thoracic spinal cord. A review of neonatal spinal cord neoplasms disclosed a high incidence of developmental tumors in this age group and, therefore, the need for early diagnosis, since many of these tumors are amenable to radiation therapy and surgical removal.