Intradural tumours of the lumbar spine presenting with low back pain : Report of two cases and review of the literature

Published online: Apr 27 2008

Pavlos Katonis, George Kontakis, Dritan Pasku, Michael Tzermiadianos, George Tzanakakis, Alexander Hadjipavlou

From the University Medical School of Crete, Heraklion, Greece


Two cases of spinal cord tumours (one schwannoma and one ependymoma) of the lumbar spine are reported. The treatment with radical excision and posterolateral fusion, along with adjuvant radiation therapy in the case with ependymoma was successful, with follow-up of six and seven years respectively. A literature review is presented, and a possible presentation with low back pain is analysed.