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Old 06-20-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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Intraosseous Hemangioma

Hello there,

I have had a history of neck/back pain, severe headaches, blurry vision, slight vertigo and sometimes a little bit of tingling in my face. I've had an MRI with contrast that came back clear and a MRI of my neck without contrast that identified a intraosseous hemangioma at C2. My doctor says it's nothing to worry about and it's not what is causing my symptoms. How can that be, if something is growing in my neck bone that's not supposed to be there?? He also said that there is no need to do a MRI later down the road to see if it's growing. Why such a lack of concern? Thank you for any info that anyone may be able to offer to put my mind at ease.

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Re: Intraosseous Hemangioma

What type of doctor is advising you on the hemangioma? Is he a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the neck and back.

If not, my first suggestion is to make an appointment with one of the specialists mentioned above, who is a spine specialist.

The definition of a hemangioma in the vertebra is of a benign "tumor." They are often asymptomatic but as with other spine issues, if a nerve is being pressed upon, it can cause pain. If this increases the size of the bony tissue, it can impact on the spinal cord.

It is my understanding that a hemangioma is usually followed at specific intervals to be sure it hasn't grown to the point that it is impacting the nerves in the spinal canal.

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