Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastasis in Breast Cancer: Clinical Features, Diagnosis, and Therapeutic Consideration

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  • Augusto E. Villegas MD,

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    1. Department of Medicine, Hematology Oncology Division, University of Florida Health Science Center, Jacksonville, Florida
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  • Troy H. Guthrie MD

    1. Department of Medicine, Hematology Oncology Division, University of Florida Health Science Center, Jacksonville, Florida
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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Augusto Villegas, MD, Department of Medicine, 653-1 West 8th St., Jacksonville, FL 32209-6511, USA, or e-mail: augusto.villegas@jax.ufl.edu.

Abstract

Abstract:  Intramedullary spinal cord metastases (ISCMs) are very rare, but can cause devastating complications from underlying breast cancer. We report the case of a woman with known metastatic breast cancer and progressive neurologic deterioration caused by an ISCM. The epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnostic considerations, and therapeutic options are discussed. 

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