Surgical treatment for spinal metastases

Roberto Casadei, Andreas F. Mavrogenis, Marco Manfrini, Pietro Ruggieri

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The treatment of spinal metastases aims to improve or maintain neurological status, achieve local control of the disease and maintain or restore spinal stability. Three types of surgery are possible for spinal metastases: palliative (the most frequent), adjuvant (frequent) and radical (rare). Four criteria must be met before surgery for spinal metastases: patient's ability to tolerate surgery, neurological status, oncological status and mechanical instability of the spine. Since radiation therapy alone has a limited role on neurological improvement, moreover making surgery more difficult and risky, surgery should be performed before radiation therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Bone Metastasis Management
PublisherFuture Medicine Ltd.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781780840307, 9781780841151
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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