Durectomy and reconstruction for the treatment of a recurrent spinal meningioma. Case report.J Neurosurg Spine. 2006 Jul; 5(1):76-8.JN
The management of spinal meningiomas with extensive involvement of the dura mater is controversial. The principal difficulty in performing a resection is the potential for complications associated with this approach. The authors present the case of a pregnant 35-year-old woman in whom bilateral lower-extremity numbness, weakness, gait ataxia, and myelopathy developed. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a recurrent thoracic meningioma with extensive infiltration of the dura mater. Durectomy, complete resection, and reconstruction were performed. The patient has not experienced a recurrence 21 months after her treatment. This case illustrates that thoracic spinal meningiomas with extensive dural involvement can be resected safely with a complete durectomy. The novel dural reconstruction involving the implantation of a fascia lata and bovine pericardium allograft is an effective way to reconstruct the dura to create an adequate barrier to cerebrospinal fluid.