Ganglioneuroma with scoliosis of the thoracic spine: A case report

John H. Velyvis, Sridhar Durbhakula, Raymond Wurapa, Allen L. Carl

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Background context: Ganglioneuroma is a benign tumor of neural crest origin that may provoke a scoliosis as well as neurological symptoms. Treatment includes resection with possible spinal fusion for instability and close follow-up for many years. Purpose: The purpose is to report an invasive ganglioneuroma that was successfully treated by resection without spinal fusion. Study design/setting: Case report. Patient sample: A 15-year-old white female. Outcome measures Resolution of the patient's back pain with radiographic and clinical follow-up for recurrence of the tumor. Methods: Not applicable. Results: The patient experienced resolution of her back pain without recurrence of the tumor. Conclusions: This is a rare benign tumor that was effectively treated with surgical resection and without spinal fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-460
Number of pages4
JournalSpine Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Ganglioneuroma
  • Scoliosis
  • Thoracic spine
  • Tumor resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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