Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 373-376

A case report of craniovertebral junction intradural extramedullary neurenteric cyst

1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Neurosurgery, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.128989

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A neurenteric cyst of the craniocervical (CV) junction, as a cause of bulbomedullary compression, is very rare. An abnormal communication between the endoderm and neuroectoderm during the third week of embryogenesis may be responsible for its formation. It is a rare spinal condition. The most frequent location is at the lower cervical and higher thoracic spine. Neurenteric cysts of the craniocervical junction are even rarer. We report the case of a CV junction intradural neurenteric cyst. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of our patient demonstrated an intradural extramedullary process of the craniocervical junction. A surgical posterior approach allowed gross total resection of the lesion. The histopathology of the surgical specimen showed that the cyst wall was made up of fibrocollagen walls lined with a partially ciliated columnar epithelium.

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