Magnetic resonance imaging appearance of intradural spinal lipoma

S. H. Shen, J. F. Lirng*, F. C. Chang, J. Y. Lee, C. B. Luo, S. S. Chen, M. M.H. Teng, C. Y. Chang

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Intradural spinal lipoma not associated with spinal dysraphism is a rare tumor often presenting with nonspecific symptoms and indolent clinical course. Its intradural location and fat component is the key for proper preoperative diagnosis, which could hardly be made by traditional imaging studies including plain film and myelography. Both CT and MRI can reveal the fat component of the tumor, but MRI is superior to CT in demonstrating its relationship with adjacent normal nerve tissue. We report a 32-year-old man who had back pain for years and the symptom progressed rapidly in recent two months. MRI revealed an intradural tumor at T12 level with high signal intensity on both T1-and T2-weighted images. The signal intensity dropped dramatically with fat saturation technique, which confirmed fat as its main component. The patient received surgery and the tumor was proved to be an intraspinal lipoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-368
Number of pages5
JournalChinese Medical Journal (Taipei)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2001


  • Lipoma
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Neoplasm
  • Spinal cord


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