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Table 3 Neoplastic lesion summary

From: Location, length, and enhancement: systematic approach to differentiating intramedullary spinal cord lesions

Neoplastic lesions Location Length and segment distribution Enhancement
Astrocytoma Thoracic > cervical 4–7 Vertebral bodies Heterogeneous
Ependymoma Cervical > thoracic 4 Vertebral bodies Solid
Heterogeneous
Hemangioblastomas Thoracic > cervical
Eccentric, may be exophytic
Short segment Nodular
Feeding vessel
GBM Nonspecific Nonspecific Irregular
Heterogeneous
Metastasis Cervical > thoracic > lumbar Multiple
Several segments
Small compared to extent of edema