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Keywords:

  • spinal cord tumors;
  • ependymoma;
  • metastasizing;
  • chemotherapy

Abstract

Six cases of intraspinal ependymoma metastasizing outside the central nervous system have been reported. This report documents a seventh case. This patient received multiple courses of combination and single-agent chemotherapy without evidence of tumor regression. All seven patients had four things in common: early onset of disease, numerous operations, massive local recurrence at the time distant metastases were noted, and a long time period from diagnosis to death.