Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis of lung cancer presenting with acute urinary retention: a case report

Cenk Ahmet SEN, Erkan SAHIN, Cagatay ARSLAN
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Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis is a rare entity. In this
case report , we described an 82-year-old male patient with lung
cancer who developed acute urinary retention during palliative
radiotherapy for painful rib metastases. Left lower limb paresis
occurred subsequently. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
revealed intramedullary spinal cord metastasis at the 11th-12th
thoracic spine level. We decided to give steroid treatment and
apply palliative radiotherapy. Spinal cord compression is generally
seen due to vertebral metastases and compression fractures.
Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis is a rare entity with only case
reports in the literature. We aim to draw attention to this rare entity
and increase awareness among physicians.
Keywords: Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis, Acute urinary
retention, Lung cancer

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