Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma of the lumbar vertebral column: case report and review of literature.

Neurosurgery 38(2):402 (1996) PMID 8869073

Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma is a recently described, rare vasoformative vascular tumor of variable biological behavior. Its principal sites of occurrence are soft tissues, liver, lung, and bone. There have been no formal case reports of this tumor occurring in the vertebral column, and there are no reports in the literature of surgical treatment for vertebral epithelioid hemangioendothelioma. We present a case of primary vertebral epithelioid hemangioendothelioma occurring in the L2 vertebral body. Surgical treatment, pathological findings, imaging characteristics, and a review of the literature are presented.