Tuberc Respir Dis > Volume 52(6); 2002 > Article
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2002;52(6):627-632.
DOI:    Published online June 1, 2002.
A Case of Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastasis From Non-small Cell Lung Cancer.
Sang Woo Park, Hyung Soo Wi, Hoon Soo Kim, Jae Hwa Cho, Hong Lyeol Lee, John Kyu Loh, Jeong Seon Ryu
1Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon,
2Department of Radiation Oncology, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis (ISCM) has rarely been reported in patients wit carcinomas. In about half the ISCM reported the primary origins are lung cancer, with small cell lung cancer responsible for almost all reported cases. Thus, ISCM from small cell lung cancer is relatively well documented, but ISCM from nonsmall cell lung cancer is rarely diagnosed prior to the patients' demise, so very little data about such patients is available. Spine MRI is the most sensitive technique for diagnosing ISCM. ISCM are now being encountered with increasing frequency due to the increasing survival rates of lung cancer patients, and the development of new imaging technique. We reported a case of an ISCM from non-small cell lung cancer with a brief review of the literature.
Key Words: Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis, Non-small cell lung cancer

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