Surgical Treatment of Spinal Chordomas

Narayan Sundaresan, Andrew G. Huvos, George Krol, Joseph M. Lane, Murray Brennan

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The clinical features and results of 34 patients with chordomas treated over a seven-year period were analyzed. Surgical treatment consisted of wide local excision (n=6), marginal resection (n=5), intralesional resection (n=20), and biopsy (n=3). Eighteen patients received postoperative radiotherapy. The local recurrence rate was 65%, with 30% of patients developing distant metastases. With the introduction of computed tomography, smaller tumors are currently being diagnosed; as a result, 35% of the patients in this series are disease free, compared with 10% described previously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1479-1482
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1987
Externally publishedYes


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