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What and where exactly is a spinal hemangioma?

What and where exactly is a spinal hemangioma?

Vertebrae: Spine hemangiomas are benign areas of the vertebrae where there are areas of venous collections in the bone but not tumors. If large enough, they can cause potential weakness in the vertebrae if it were to be traumatized. ...Read more

Dr. James Sidman
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Hemangioma (Definition)

An hemangioma is a condition in which a person has an enlarged, abnormal growth of blood vessels on his skin and/or elsewhere inside his body. Large hemangiomas, multiple ones, or dangerously located ones can cause serious problems. Babies with small or few "strawberry" hemangiomas on the skin ...Read more


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Has anyone had big problems with a spinal hemangioma?

Has anyone had big problems with a spinal hemangioma?

Yes, sometimes: Spinal hemangiomas can be incidentally diagnosed. Patients with one can have significant neurologic symptoms however many patients are completely asymptomatic. Please consult a neurosurgeon for further prognostic details. ...Read more

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How can multiple myeloma be confused with atypical spinal hemangioma?

How can multiple myeloma be confused with atypical spinal hemangioma?

Hmmm: Conceivably someone may have an x-ray of the spine that shows a "lesion" and the radiologist may not know for sure what it is but i would think further workup should be able to differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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Radiologist says maybe atypical spinal hemangioma but multiple myeloma can't be ruled out. What does this mean?

Often benign: While it is often true that the work up for atypical hemangioma results in a benign finding it is important to have further workup as malignancy cannot be excluded. Further workup may include MRI with contrast, bone scan or ct. ...Read more

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Will spinal hemangiomas lead to low blood count?

Will spinal hemangiomas lead to  low blood count?

Usually not: Hemangiomas are benign blood vessel tumors. Sometimes, if the tumors are quite large, blood platelets can get activated in these tumors and stick to the blood vessel walls. This can result in a low platelet count. Platelets are necessary for proper blood clotting. This problem is called kasabach merritt phenomenon and is actually quite rare. If it occurs, it could cause a bleening tendency. ...Read more

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What is the best procedure to treat a cavernous hemangioma of spinal cord?

Depends: If it is small or not causing nerve pressure or leading to weakness of the spinal column it can be observed. If it is causing such problems, it is removed by surgery. Depending on size and location, a fusion may be necessary. A spine surgeon can provide the options in an individual's case. ...Read more

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No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal.spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal.spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

Mostly benign: Vertebral hemangiomas are benign vascular malformations that displace the adjacent bone. They are usually asymptomatic and typically no treatment is necessary. Acute symptoms may occur from secondary compression fracture, sudden mass effect, and internal hemorrhage. With these secondary effects, there are invasive and noninvasive therapeutic options. ...Read more

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