Lumbar Spinal Angiolipoma with Expanding Left Neural Foramen Mimicking Lumbar Schwannoma; Case Report and Review of The Literature

Yener Akyuva1, *, Aylin Gonultas2, Numan Karaaslan3, Zehra Gulciftci Dagci2, Semih Saglik4, Mehmet Isyar5, Mahir Mahirogullari6
1 Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Health, State Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, 59100, Tekirdag, Turkey
2 Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Health, State Hospital, Department of Pathology, 59100, Tekirdag, Turkey
3 Namik Kemal University School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, 59030, Tekirdag, Turkey
4 Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Health, State Hospital, Department of Radiology, 56100, Siirt, Turkey
5 Medicalpark Bahcelievler, Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, 34050, Istanbul, Turkey
6 Istanbul Memorial Health Group, Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, 34758, Istanbul, Turkey

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To describe a patient with lumbar angiolipoma mimicking schwannoma in the posterolateral side of the spinal canal with expansion of the left lumbar foramen and to discuss the clinical, radiologic, and surgical features of these lesions with literature.


Without language restriction in this paper, the electronic databases; The Cochrane Collaboration the Cochrane, The Cochrane Library (Issue 2 of 12, Feb. 2011), ProQuest, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NLM) and PubMed dating from 1966 September to January Week 2 2017, were searched for comparative experimental studies using the terms: “OR”, “AND”. On-line literature searches were conducted using the key words “lumbar angiolipoma”, “schwannoma “, “spinal angiolipoma”, “spinal cord”, and “spinal canal”. We compared this research with our patient.


Bilateral L2 total laminectomy, excision of the tumors and bilateral L2-L3 transpedicular stabilization were performed, and complaints improved prominently. Pathological examination was reported as angiolipoma.


The research shows that a probable diagnosis in such tumor cases could be made by sufficient pre-op scanning before surgical operations and although angiolipoma has been rarely seen in lumbar posterolateral space, it can be seen in lumbar region and mimic schwannoma as producing symptoms and signs of spinal cord and nerve root compression.

Keywords: Lumbar angiolipoma, Schwannoma, Spinal angiolipoma, Spinal cord, Spinal canal.