Thoracolumbopelvic stabilization for the treatment of instability caused by recurrent myxopapillary ependymoma

Daryl R. Fourney, Sujit S. Prabhu, Zvi R. Cohen, Laurence D. Rhines, Ziya L. Gokaslan

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The authors report a patient with recurrent lumbosacral myxopapillary ependymoma, followed for more than 20 years, who presented with severe axial pain resulting from osteolytic destruction at the lumbosacral junction. Because the patient had a long history of paraplegia despite three previous incomplete tumor resections, we chose not to attempt a fourth resection. Moreover, because viable fixation points were not present within the sacrum and most of the lumbar spine, instrumented fusion was extended from T7 to the ilia using a modified Galveston L-rod technique, which we believe to be unique in its application to this problem. This case demonstrates the long-term potential for instability from locally destructive myxopapillary ependymoma that is incompletely excised. We are not aware of any previous reports of lumbopelvic instability in association with myxopapillary ependymomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-111
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • Myxopapillary ependymoma
  • Spinopelvic stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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