Severe high cervical cord compression due to large bilateral neurofibromas in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1: A case report and review of literature

Morteza Sadeh, Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA.
Hamad Farhat, Advocate Aurora Health

Advocate Christ Medical Center


Spinal neurofibromas are rare benign lesions associated with neurofibromatosis Type 1. They can often cause compression on nerve roots and the spinal cord. In this rare case, there are bilateral large neurofibromas with severe cord compression presenting as progressive myelopathy. We illustrate the surgical management as well as post-operative care along with a detailed literature review of similar cases. To our knowledge, this is the first report, in English literature, of spinal neurofibroma with large size, bilateral high cervical cord compression.