A case maldiagnosed with meningioma or arachnoid cyst in the spinal cord

A case maldiagnosed with meningioma or arachnoid cyst in the spinal cordMs. Daniela D,, a mid age woman from Bulgaria, suffered from parasthesia in her hand and shoulder since April 2006. The medical diagnosis she received in Bulgaria, based on an MRI scan, pointed at a meningioma or arachnoid cyst in the spinal cord.

The treatment for the above diagnosis was either cancer treatment,or a surgical intervention of her spine, with all the possible implications to her life and future.

She was devastated by both her diagnosis as well as what the future held in store for her, so she launched an internet investigation looking for a second opinion and treatment if she chose so. In the end, she opted for iMER services.

Ms. Daniela D. medical material was sent to iMER and since it was found not to be adequate, she received a recommendation to come to the Hadassah Medical Center for new evaluation of her case.

Ms. D. arrived from Bulgaria to Jerusalem and had a new MRI scan at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem, followed by a consultation with Prof. Leon Kaplan, a world renowned spine specialist. Prof. Kaplan’s new diagnosis discarded the suspicion of a meningioma or arachnoid cyst in the spinal cord – and with it, discarded the prospects of either chemotherapy or spinal surgery.

Daniela went home thrilled with the results of her visit, and the correct diagnosis of her case.

Thanks to Prof. Kaplan’s Medical Second Opinion, Ms. Daniela D. got back her health and her life.

Dr. Anna Benshtein
Co-medical Director
iMER

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