Minimally invasive circumferential spinal decompression and stabilization for symptomatic metastatic spine tumor: Technical case report

Alexander Taghva, Khan W. Li, John C. Liu, Ziya L. Gokaslan, Patrick C. Hsieh

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Abstract

Objective: Metastatic epidural spinal cord compression is a potentially devastating complication of cancer and is estimated to occur in 5% to 14% of all cancer patients. It is best treated surgically. Minimally invasive spine surgery has the potential benefits of decreased surgical approach-related morbidity, blood loss, hospital stay, and time to mobilization. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 36-year-old man presented with worsening back pain and lower extremity weakness. Workup revealed metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung with spinal cord compression at T4 and T5. Intervention and technique: T4 and T5 vertebrectomy with expandable cage placement and T1-T8 pedicle screw fixation and fusion were performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques. RESULT: The patient improved neurologically and was ambulatory on postoperative day 1. At the 9-month follow-up point, he remained neurologically intact and pain free, and there was no evidence of hardware failure. Conclusion: Minimally invasive surgical circumferential decompression may be a viable option for the treatment of metastatic epidural spinal cord compression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E620-E622
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume66
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Metastatic epidural tumor
  • Metastatic spine tumor
  • Minimally invasive spine fusion
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Percutaneous fusion
  • Spinal cord compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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