BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-217742
  • Rare disease

Cervical spinal glioblastoma multiforme in the elderly

  1. Gerry Towns2
  1. 1Department of Neurosurgery, Cardiff University, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2Department of Neurosurgery, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds, UK
  3. 3Department of Pathology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ryan K Mathew, ryan.mathew{at}
  • Accepted 29 May 2017
  • Published 13 June 2017


Spinal glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is uncommon, and its diagnosis may be challenging. This is especially true in the elderly population. Best management strategy remains to be defined. The purpose of this report is to document this rare condition, increase awareness (as a potential differential diagnosis) and propose treatment options in the elderly; a review of the relevant literature is included. A biopsy may be beneficial in given circumstances as cervical spinal GBM carries a better prognosis compared with intramedullary metastasis.


  • Contributors DS and RM: concept, design, literature review, first draft and final revision. AI: pathology section. GT: concept and supervision.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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