Intramedullary melanotic schwannoma

Jason M. Hoover, Ravi Kumar, Jonathan M. Bledsoe, Caterina Giannini, William E. Krauss

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We present a case of an intramedullary melanotic schwannoma (IMS) of the thoracic spinal cord. To our knowledge, this is the seventh reported case of an IMS of the central nervous system. Schwannomas are benign nerve sheath tumors of neural crest origin composed entirely of well differentiated Schwann cells that typically occur in peripheral nerves. Both the intramedullary location and the melanotic component of the reported lesion make it exceedingly rare. We will present our case, theories as to the origin of these tumors, clues in radiographic identification, and current clinical follow-up recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalRare Tumors
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 17 2012


  • Melanin
  • Neural crest
  • Schwannoma
  • Spinal cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Histology
  • Oncology

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    Hoover, J. M., Kumar, R., Bledsoe, J. M., Giannini, C., & Krauss, W. E. (2012). Intramedullary melanotic schwannoma. Rare Tumors, 4(1), 7-10.