Clinical Neuroscience

[Solitary osteochondroma presenting as a neck mass with spinal cord compression and central cervical cord syndrome]

BALÁS István1, VARGA Sabján Márta2, DÓCZI Tamás1

MAY 20, 1993

Clinical Neuroscience - 1993;46(05-06)

[Osteochondromas are rarely the cause of spinal pathology and neurological dysfunction. A case of cervical osteochondroma with spinal cord compression and central cord syndrome is reported, and the pathological, clinical and radiological features are discussed with a brief review of the literature.]


  1. Pécsi Önkormányzati Egyetem Idegsebészeti Klinika
  2. Tolna megyei önkormányzat Kórháza Szekszárd Ideggyógyászati Osztály



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