Spinal Lipomas

Jeffrey P. Blount, MD, and Scott Elton, MD, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama

Neurosurg Focus. 2001;10(1) 

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Pathophysiology and Natural History

The pathophysiology of spinal lipomas can be broadly characterized into two events: those pathological events that occur during embryonal stage that give rise to the malformation and those events resulting from the lipoma that impart neurological injury to the spinal cord. These will be considered individually.


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