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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

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FUENTES RODRIGUEZ, Nelson et al. Surgical management in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2008, vol.37, n.3. ISSN 0138-6557.

This paper is aimed at making known the management of a female patient with a genetic disease of the phacomatosys group, with predominance of spinal injuries. This elderly woman during her childhood and puberty presented skin lesions in the form of spots and pediculated tumors all over her body. Later on, she developed a spastic paraparesia. Alter being bedridden for 3 years, she was admitted at "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" Higher Military Medicine Institute to be studied. Two intrarachidian hypertensive lesions were diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging. One of them was a cervical lesion that caused her a medullary compression that was treated by laminectomy with exeresis of the lesion and the subsequent neurological recovery. The patient walked again and recovered her proprioceptive sensitivity and she has to be operated on of the other lesion in the craniospinal region. The pathological report confirmed the existence of a neurofibroma. On presenting this case, it was proved that the resection of the spinal neurofibroma in patients with type I neurofibromatosis allows a recovery of the neurological functions affected by the neural compromise.

Keywords : Recklinhausen's disease; spinal neurofibroma; spinal tumor; nerve sheath tumor; hereditary disorders.

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