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Intradural spinal meningioma in a 5-year-old female

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      Abstract

      The case of a 5-year-old female with an intradural spinal meningioma is presented. She showed slowly progressive muscle weakness of the lower extremities commencing at 3 years. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated an intradural mass extending from the eleventh thoracic vertebra to the fifth lumbar vertebra, which was excised totally by means of laminoplasty. The surgical procedure brought a gradual improvement in her gait. This case is unusual because of the tumor's location (lumbar) and origin (cauda equina), and because of the onset at a relatively young age.

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