Quantification of Vertebral Involvement in Metastatic Spinal Disease
Ricardo Vieira Botelho*, Matheus Fernandes de Oliveira, Jose Marcus Rotta
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
First Page: 286
Last Page: 291
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-7-286
Article History:Received Date: 26/3/2013
Revision Received Date: 29/5/2013
Acceptance Date: 3/6/2013
Electronic publication date: 19/8/2013
Collection year: 2013
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For patients with a solitary and well-delimitated spinal metastasis that resides inside the vertebral body, without vertebral canal invasion, and who are in good general health with a long life expectancy, en bloc spondylectomy/total vertebrectomy combined with the use of primary stabilizing instrumentation has been advocated. However, clinical experience suggests that these qualifying conditions occur very rarely.
The purpose of this paper is to quantify the distribution of vertebral involvement in spinal metastases and determine the frequency with which patients can be considered candidates for radical surgery (en bloc spondylectomy).
Consecutive patients were classified accordingly to Enneking’s and Tomita’s schemes for grading vertebral involvement of metastases.
Fifty-one (51) consecutive patients were evaluated. Eighty-three percent of patients presented with the involvement of multiple vertebral levels and/or spinal canal invasion.
Because of diffuse vertebral involvement of metastases, no patients in this sample were considered to be candidates for radical spondylectomy of vertebral metastasis.