Introduction: Multiple spinal cord tumors rarely occur without genetic predisposition, and concurrent tumors with discrete pathologies developed at the same spinal level are most rare. Here, we report a case of concurrent dorsal schwannoma and ventral meningioma arising at the same upper cervical level (C1–C2). Case presentation: A 55-year-old woman presented with neck pain and upper and lower extremity numbness for 1 year. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine showed a partially circumferential C-shaped intradural extramedullary tumor at C1–C2. The preoperative diagnosis based on imaging was intradural extramedullary meningioma with circumferential development. Surgical resection was performed, and dorsal subpial and ventral tumors were detected. Intraoperative pathological diagnosis was schwannoma for the dorsal tumor and meningioma for the ventral tumor. Both tumors were completely resected, followed by circumferential durotomy and duroplasty (Simpson grade 1 resection). Although symptoms related to cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia occurred immediately after surgery, they disappeared within several days. At 2 years postoperatively, no local recurrence has been identified with mild kyphotic cervical malalignment. Discussions: Only nine cases of concurrent multiple spinal tumors with discrete histopathological types at the same cervical level have been reported to date, however, this is the first case of meningioma combined with subpial schwannoma. Furthermore, although the ventral location of meningioma often compelled inadequate resection leaving behind a dura mater from which meningioma originated, a gross total resection including dura mater was achieved accompanied with circumferential duroplasty. Careful and sequential postoperative follow-up is ongoing for this individual.
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- Clinical Neurology