Hemangioblastoma of the filum terminale.J Clin Neurosci. 2006 Feb; 13(2):285-8.JC
A 52-year-old man presented with low backache, paraesthesiae and spasticity of both lower limbs. He had urinary retention and constipation. Investigations revealed a vascular intradural cauda equina-conus tumor. MRI scan demonstrated an enhancing mass at the second and third lumbar vertebral levels. There were multiple dilated and tortuous veins draining from both poles of the tumor. Digital subtraction spinal angiogram showed the tumor to be supplied mainly by the radiculo-medullary artery from first lumbar artery and dural branches of the second and third lumbar arteries. At surgery, after pre-operative embolization, a well-defined tumor with an orange hue and fleshy consistency was encountered arising from the filum terminale. The tumor was excised en bloc. A sporadic hemangioblastoma arising from the filum terminale should be considered as a rare cause of back pain and sciatica. Total excision of the tumor offers cure.