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Spinal schwannoma features

Neuroforaminal extension and expansion are common in cervical and thoracic spine with intra and extraspinal components, dumbbell shape. In lumbar spine, tend to remain within dural sac.


Common intrathecal drop metastases

Subarachnoid seeding of primary CNS tumors: Posterior fossa medulloblastomas. Ependymomas. Pineal region neoplasms.


Most common spine extradural neoplasm

Metastatses: Breast, Lung, Prostate carcinoma.


Very low T1 and T2 marrow signal



Spinal AVM features

May be intramedullary or extramedullary. Intramedullary AVMs have a nidus of abnormal vessels that may cause hemorrhage or ischemia. Extramedullary AVMs generally are arteriovenous fistulas. Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (SDAVFs) cause symptoms through venous hypertension and congestion of the cord with edema.


Tethered Cord features

Low-lying conus medullaris. In a newborn conus normally at L2. Typically ascends one to two vertebral segments as child grows. May form a taut mass in posterior lumbar canal, obscuring conus/cauda junction.


Caudal Regression Syndrome

Hypoplastic or absent distal spine and sacrum. Blunted conus.


Spinal Arachnoid cysts and epidermoids

Similar to brain arachnoid cysts and epidermoids. Arachnoid cysts follow CSFsignal. Epidermoids restrict diffusion, bright on DWIs.


Spinal Epidural Hematoma

Ventral epidural space contains plexus of veins. These can tear in trauma, resulting in epidural hematoma.


Nerve Root Avulsion

Most commonly occur in cervical spine. Typically involve roots of brachial plexus and upper extremities. Birth trauma from shoulder traction is common example.


Acute versus chronic sinusitis findings

Acute sinusitis: Air-fluid levels and foamy secretions. Typically caused by viral URI. Chronic sinusitis: Mucoperiosteal thickening. Thickening of bony sinus walls.


Sphenoid sinusitis is of great clinical concern as it may

Extend intracranially due to presence of valveless veins.


Sinus mucous retention cyst versus mucocele

Mucous retention cyst: Obstructed mucous glands within mucosal lining. Usually round. 1 to several cm in diameter. Mucocele: Entire sinus is obstructed. Expansion of sinus. Sinus wall bony thinning and remodeling. Mass may be present obstrucing draining ostium.


Inverting Papilloma

Neoplastic epithelium inverts and grows into underlying mucosa of lateral nasal wall. Surgically resected due to association with squamous cell carcinoma.


Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibromas

Male adolescents with epistaxis. Benign tumor but can be locally aggressive. Fills nasopharynx and bows posterior wall of maxillary sinus forward. Retromaxillary pterygopalatine fossa location is a hallmark feature. Avidly enhance.


Malignancies of paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity.

Squamous cell carcinoma. Lymphoma. Minor salivary tumors.


Three most common primary (mets by far more common) skull base malignant tumors

Chordoma (destructive midline mass). Chondrosarcoma. Osteogenic sarcoma (from radiation or Paget's degeneration).


Deep anatomy of the head and neck is subdivided by layers of deep cervical fascia into the following spaces:

(1) Superficial mucosal. (2) Parapharyngeal. (3) Carotid. (4) Parotid. (5) Masticator. (6) Retropharyngeal. (7) Prevertebral.


Mucosal head and neck compartment pathology

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma. Lymphoma. Minor salivary gland tumors. Juvenile angiofibroma. Rhabdomyosarcoma.


Parapharyngeal head and neck compartment contents

Fat. Trigeminal nerve (V3). Internal maxillary artery. Ascending pharyngeal artery.


Parapharyngeal head and neck compartment pathology

Minor salivary gland tumor. Lipoma. Cellulitis/abscess. Schwannoma.


Parotid head and neck compartment contents

Parotid gland. Intraparotid lymph nodes. Facial nerve (VII). External carotid artery. Retromandibular vein.


Parotid head and neck compartment pathology

Salivary gland tumors. Metastatic adenopathy. Lymphoma. Parotid cysts.


Carotid head and neck compartment contents

Cranial nerves IX–XII. Sympathetic nerves. Jugular chain nodes. Carotid artery. Jugular vein.


Carotid head and neck compartment pathology

Schwannoma. Neurofibroma. Paraganglionoma. Metastatic adenopathy. Lymphoma. Cellulitis/abscess. Meningioma.


Masticator head and neck compartment contents

Muscles of mastication. Ramus and body of mandible. Inferior alveolar nerve.


Masticator head and neck compartment pathology

Odontogenic abscess. Osteomyelitis. Direct spread of squamous cell carcinoma. Lymphoma. Minor salivary tumor. Sarcoma of muscle or bone.


Retropharyngeal head and neck compartment contents

Lymph nodes (lateral and medial retropharyngeal). Fat.


Retropharyngeal head and neck compartment pathology

Metastatic adenopathy. Lymphoma.


Prevertebral head and neck compartment contents

Cervical vertebrae. Prevertebral muscles. Paraspinal muscles. Phrenic nerve.