Intraspinal epidermoid cyst: Diffusion-weighted MRI

M. Teksam, S. O. Casey, E. Michel, M. Benson, Chip Truwit

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We report a 7-year-old boy who presented with two-month history of worsening low back and right leg pain. Conventional MR images demonstrated a poorly outlined intradural mass recognized by the displacement of the conus medullaris and the nerve roots of the cauda equina at the L2-3 level. The signal intensity of the lesion was similar to CSF. There was no contrast enhancement of the lesion. Diffusion-weighted images and ADC values revealed restricted diffusion within the mass. Myelography confirmed the mass as an intradural filling defect with myelographic block at the L2-3 level. The patient underwent total surgical excision of the mass. Pathologic examination revealed the diagnosis of epidermoid cyst.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-574
Number of pages3
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2001


  • Diffusion-weighted imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Spinal epidermoid cyst


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