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Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from breast cancer: an ambiguous entity
  1. Wala Ben Kridis1,
  2. Issaad Nefzi1,
  3. Basma Souissi2,
  4. Kheireddine Ben Mahfoudh2,
  5. Mariem Dammak3,
  6. Jamel Daoud4 and
  7. Afef Khanfir1
  1. 1Medical Oncology, Habib Bourguiba Hospital university of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia
  2. 2Radiology, Habib Bourguiba Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia
  3. 3Neurology, Habib Bourguiba Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia
  4. 4Radiotherapy, Habib Bourguiba Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wala Ben Kridis, Medical Oncology, Habib Bourguiba Hospital, Sfax 3029, Tunisia; walabenkridis{at}yahoo.fr

Abstract

Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis (IMSC) from solid tumors is rare. In this report, we describe the case of a patient treated at our center for breast cancer with intramedullary spinal cord metastases without bone and brain metastases or meningitis. Management of the disease remains challenging even with recent advances in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Treatment options include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The prognosis of these patients still very poor.

  • Breast
  • Case Management
  • Neurological conditions

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Footnotes

  • Contributors WBK—writing of the care report. IN—data collection. BS and KBM—radiological interpretation. MD—neurological investigation. JD—spinal irradiation. AK—revision of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.