In the experience of Aschoff,1 Kaufman2 and others, hemangiomas of the vertebral column have been encountered rarely. In 1927, however, Makrycostas3 was able to describe 12 cases which he collected during the routine autopsy work of Erdheim's laboratory. He stated the opinion that the uncommon occurrence of compression of the spinal cord with such lesions probably explains the infrequency of reports of the condition in the literature. No neurologic manifestations were recorded in the 12 cases which he described. He observed that vertebral hemangiomas are most common in late adult life, are irregular in their distribution, are most frequently multiple and are ordinarily discovered in the lower dorsal and lumbar vertebrae.
In 1928 Töpfer4 more than confirmed the impression of Makrycostas that hemangiomas of the vertebral column are not so much a pathologic as a clinical rarity. He sagittally sectioned the vertebral columns of 2,154 cadavers