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Malignant Schwannoma - Spine - Gross specimen
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Malignant Schwannoma - Spine - Gross specimen
  • Case ID: 343
  • Diagnosis: Malignant Schwannoma
  • Category: Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Category Type: Nerve sheath tumor
  • Category Sub Type: Malignant
  • Location: Spine
  • Age: 42
  • Sex: F
  • Treatment: zNOT SPECIFIED
  • Image ID: 2379
  • Image Type: Gross specimen
  • Images relating to this case: 2379, 2380 , 2381 .

This specimen of the spine of a 42-year-old female was dissected out at the time of autopsy. The woman who had neurofibromatosis and malignant schwannoma died of pulmonary metastases. There is a severe kyphotic deformity in the mid-dorsal spine associated with a large soft tissue mass arising from the spine that was histologically proven to be a malignant schwannoma. In other portions of the spine where the roots have been dissected out, there are multiple dumbell-appearing peripheral nerve sheath tumors, most of which were neurolemomas of a benign nature. This patient had associated paraparesis resulting from this malignant schwannoma of the dorsal spine.


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