The rarity of tumors of the spinal cord has been pointed out by the authors of monographs on the subject (Elsberg1; Antoni2; Schlesinger3).
Hourglass tumors of the spine form only a small part of the entire group of tumors, and in children they are particularly uncommon. Because of this rarity, and especially because of the unusual course, development and response to treatment of hourglass tumor of the spine in a young child under our care, we believe the case worthy of presentation. A brief survey of the literature reveals how rarely primary tumors of the spine are found in children. Of 100 tumors of the spinal cord operated on by Elsberg, there were 6 in children under 15 years of age and 2 in children under 10 years of age. Stursberg4 in a total of 144 tumors of the spinal cord found only 1 in a