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Ann Rehabil Med 2013 Apr; 37(2): 269-273
Spinal Cord Injury due to the Giant Cell Tumor of the Second Thoracic Vertebra: A Case Report
Hee-Sang Kim, MD1, Jong Eon Lee, MD1, Sang Soo Jung, MD1, Jinmann Chon, MD1, Dong Hwan Yoon, MD1, Yong-Koo Park, MD2, Eun Hye Cho, MD1
Departments of 1Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and 2Pathology, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
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Giant cell tumor (GCT) is a relatively rare neoplasm. In GCT, the bone affection of the axial skeleton is extremely rare. Most GCT arises in the meta-epiphyseal ends of the long bones. Its peak incidence is between 30 to 40 years of age. GCT is usually classified as benign, but shows locally aggressive behavior and may occasionally undergo a malignant transformation. The patients with GCT in the spine often complain of the lower back pains, as the tumors primarily involve the sacrum. We report a case of an adolescent female complaining of the upper back pain with a sudden weakness of the lower extremities, later diagnosed with the GCT of the T2 vertebra. The present patient showed American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS) D before the surgery, which changed to AIS E after the treatments including the surgery, radiation therapy and rehabilitation.
Giant cell tumor, Spinal cord injuries
Ann Rehabil Med 2013 Apr; 37(2): 269-273

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