Primary intramedullary spinal germ cell tumors

Vivek A. Mehta, Ryan M. Kretzer, Brent Orr, George I. Jallo

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Background: Intramedullary spinal germ cell tumors are rare lesions, with germinomas being the most common variant. Methods: To date, there have been 23 reports of primary intramedullary germ cell tumors described in the literature, the vast majority occurring in Japanese patients. Results: We present a case of a nonmetastatic intramedullary germ cell tumor in a 28-year-old Caucasian woman. Conclusions: Characteristics of intramedullary germ cell tumors are summarized, and the current role for surgery and adjuvant radiation and chemotherapy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478.e1-478.e6
JournalWorld neurosurgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Germ cell
  • Germinoma
  • Intramedullary
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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