Thoracoscopic assisted en bloc resection of a spine tumor

Michele Cappuccio, Alessandro Gasbarrini, Rakesh Donthineni, Rudolf Beisse, Stefano Boriani

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Spine tumors are fairly common and the management is through a multimodality approach. Lesions of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae have been treated with such extensive anterior and/or posterior approaches. The authors present a case of a 56-year-old lady with solitary T11 metastases from colonic carcinoma and a case of a 43-year-old lady with T5-T6 high-grade osteogenic sarcoma. The treatment consists of a wide vertebrectomy by posterior approach, after anterior release and sub-pleural dissection using a thoracoscopic approach. A thoracoscopic assisted anterior approach could reduce the duration and the morbidity of a vertebrectomy without affecting oncological management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Spine Journal
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • En bloc resection
  • Metastases
  • Spine tumor
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Vertebrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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