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Cervicothoracic arachnoid cyst in a patient with neurofibromatosis: Case report

B.B. Shehu, I. Hassan


Intradural cervicothoracic arachnoid cysts are not common. They may be congenital, or secondary to trauma, surgery, haemorrhage, or inflammation. This is a report of a 39-year-old man who presented with cutaneous neurofibromatosis and cervicothoracic arachnoid cyst causing gradual
quadriparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an intradural extramedullary anterior cystic lesion at C5 – T2 level. Laminectomy and mersupialisation of the cyst was performed. Histology confirmed the diagnosis of arachnoid cyst. The patient recovered without neurological deficit.

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