Vertebral body pneumatocyst in the cervical spine and review of the literature

Cosar M., Eser O., ASLAN A., Korkmaz S., Boyaci G., Degirmenci B., ...More

TURKISH NEUROSURGERY, vol.18, no.2, pp.197-199, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.197-199
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


A pneumatocyst in the cervical spine is extremely rare and to our knowledge only a few reports have been published in the English literature. Although the etiology and natural course of vertebral body pneumatocyst is unclear, nitrogen gas accumulation is claimed. A 65-year-old-man was admitted to the emergency department with neck pain and numbness and incapacity in his both hands and fingers. The radiological images revealed a vertebral located pneumatocyst in the C4 cervical vertebra. In this report, we present a case of cervical pneumatocyst located in the C4 vertebral body. The clinical and radiological features and natural course of the pneurnatocyst were evaluated.