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A 36-year-old man came in for neck pain, difficulty in swallowing, and weakness and numbness of the arms and legs. MRI showed a capsule shaped tumor inside the upper part of the spinal cord, as well as a “syrinx,” a collection of fluid within the spinal cord. 

The patient immediately underwent surgery to remove the tumor, which was red in color and very bloody. The biopsy result was a hemangioblastoma, a benign tumor that develops from blood vessels. The patient’s weakness worsened temporarily after the surgery, but he gradually improved over time and with physical therapy.

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