Diagnosis and management of sacral tumors: A review

Daniel Sciubba, Rory J. Petteys, Giannina L. Garces-Ambrossi, Joseph C. Noggle, Matthew J. McGirt, Jean Paul Wolinsky, Timothy F Witham, Ziya L. Gokaslan

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Sacral tumors pose significant challenges to the managing physician from diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives. Although these tumors are often diagnosed at an advanced stage, patients may benefit from good clinical outcomes if an aggressive multidisciplinary approach is used. In this review, the epidemiology, clinical presentation, imaging characteristics, treatment options, and published outcomes are discussed. Special attention is given to the specific anatomical constraints that make tumors in this region of the spine more difficult to effectively manage than those in the mobile portions of the spine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-256
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009



  • Reconstruction
  • Sacrectomy
  • Sacrum
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology

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Sciubba, D., Petteys, R. J., Garces-Ambrossi, G. L., Noggle, J. C., McGirt, M. J., Wolinsky, J. P., ... Gokaslan, Z. L. (2009). Diagnosis and management of sacral tumors: A review. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 10(3), 244-256. https://doi.org/10.3171/2008.12.SPINE08382