CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neurosci Rural Pract 2017; 08(S 01): S120-S122
DOI: 10.4103/jnrp.jnrp_99_17
Case Report
Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice

Primary Myxoid Liposarcoma of the Upper Thoracic Spine in an Elderly Patient

Aristedis Rovlias
Department of Neurosurgery, Asclepeion General Hospital of Voula, Athens, Greece
,
Alexia Balanika
1  Department of Computed Tomography, Asclepeion General Hospital of Voula, Athens, Greece
,
Alexandros Nomikos
2  Department of Pathology, Asclepeion General Hospital of Voula, Athens, Greece
,
Savas Melissaris
Department of Neurosurgery, Asclepeion General Hospital of Voula, Athens, Greece
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Publication Date:
03 September 2019 (online)

ABSTRACT

Liposarcoma, one of the most common soft-tissue sarcomas, originates from primitive mesenchymal cells, and its diagnostic criteria have been well established. Myxoid liposarcoma is the second most common histological subtype, occurring more frequently during the fourth and fifth decades of life. There are only a few sporadic published cases of spinal liposarcomas, whatever primary or metastatic. We describe an unusual case of primary myxoid liposarcoma of the thoracic spine in a 79-year-old male, presented with a 2-month history of intractable dorsal pain and progressive weakness of lower limbs. Surgical treatment was performed with wide tumor resection, spinal cord decompression, and posterior instrumentation complemented by radiotherapy. Only one other case has been reported with this spinal localization in the literature. Despite its rarity, myxoid liposarcoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of primary tumors of the thoracic spine.