Metastatic disease of the spine

P. J. Boland, J. M. Lane, N. Sundaresan

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Abstract

In patients with malignant disease, metastases to the spine are relatively common and demand careful evaluation. In many instances, cord compression occurs with wide-spread metastatic disease, thus limiting surgical options. However, an aggressive approach is justifiable because the consequences of failed treatment, i.e., paraplegia, lead to increased morbidity and in many cases, may directly result in death. Facilities for the rehabilitation of paraplegic cancer patients are limited. Although the results of recent therapeutic methods are encouraging, clearly further improvement is still needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Volume169
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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