Neurol India Home 

Year : 2016  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1083--1084

Bronchogenic intraspinal cyst – A rare case of spinal cystic space occupying lesion

K Vinod1, Rajesh P Nair1, CK Deopujari2,  
1 Department of Neurosurgery, KMC, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Rajesh P Nair
Department of Neurosurgery, KMC, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka

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A 45-year-old male patient presented with progressive back pain of 2 month duration, aggravated on lying down, associated with weakness and numbness in the lower limbs since 1 month. On neurological examination, the tone was increased in both the lower limbs with a subjective power of grade 4/5 in the left lower limb and 4+/5 in the right lower limb. Ankle and knee jerks were brisk with hypoaesthesia below bilateral L1 dermatomes. Plantars were upgoing. A clinical diagnosis of a D10 spinal level, extramedullary lesion was made. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the dorsolumbar spine showed an intradural, extramedullary ventrally placed lesion at the D11–D12 level with significant compression of the spinal cord [Figure 1]. The lesion appeared hyperintense on T2W image with contrast enhancement and with significant compression and shift of the cord to the left [Figure 2]. After preoperative routine hematological investigations, he was taken for a D11–D12 laminectomy and total excision of the cystic lesion was performed [Figure 3]. Histological examination revealed ciliated columnar cells with areas of squamous metaplasia, and a pathological diagnosis of bronchogenic cyst was rendered [Figure 4]. The patient had an uneventful postoperative period with complete relief of symptoms at 3 week and 3 month follow-up.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}

Intraspinal bronchogenic cysts are rare, benign, congenital cystic lesions. They arise as developmental abnormalities of the embryonic foregut.[1],[2],[3],[4] They are usually formed as a result of an accessory lung bud becoming isolated from rest of the tracheo-bronchial tree.[5] The lesion is usually in the form of a solitary benign, extrapulmonary cyst, found most commonly in the mediastinum with rare occurrence in the skin or subcutaneous tissues. It is poorly recognized by clinicians, and in almost all cases, the diagnosis is established by histopathology.

These cysts have been reported to occur from the posterior fossa to the lumbosacral region. Lesions typically occur in the dorsal spine or the cervicodorsal junction as the cephalic end of the notochord develops first and is most sensitive to disturbances occurring at that time. It is considered rare to find a bronchogenic cyst above the C3 level.

The cysts are typically intradural extramedullary lesions, most commonly located at the level of the cervical and thoracolumbar spine. They usually have a ventral location and are associated with other malformations of the spine such as fused vertebrae, spina bifida, and hemivertebrae.[6]

Various embryological hypotheses have been postulated, which include the (a) ectoedodermal adhesion theory,[7] (b) the cyst originating from the ectoderm, which is capable of producing both endodermal and mesodermal tissues,[8] and (c) a third theory called the “split notochord syndrome” postulated by Bentley and Smith that describes an incomplete duplication and separation of the notochord.[2],[9]

Wilkins and Odoms [10] suggested three histological categories based on microscopic features

Category A–simple cyst lined by epithelium on a basement membrane with a thin wall of connective tissue Category B–cyst lined by epithelium with a wall containing tissues found along the gastrointestinal tract or tracheobronchial tree Category C–cyst lined by epithelium with a wall containing ependymal and glial tissues as an intrinsic part of the lesion.

In our case, we describe an intradural, extramedullary bronchogenic cyst (Wilkins and Odoms Category B), located ventrally in the dorsal canal with no associated vertebral anomalies.

These lesions grow slowly owing to tight junctions between the epithelial cells, limiting the expansion of the cyst.[11],[12] The most effective treatment of a symptomatic spinal bronchogenic cyst is surgical resection. However, complete resection can be challenging if the cyst is adherent to the spinal cord.

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