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World Neurosurg. 2013 Jan;79(1):207.e15-8. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2011.01.041. Epub 2011 Nov 7.

Occiput to thoracic fusion after surgical resection of desmoid tumor.

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  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, USA.



Desmoid tumors are rare clinical entities that cause significant morbidity based on their locally aggressive nature. Complete resection with wide margins is the standard of care; however, when arising in the neck, resection is limited due to proximity of the lesion to critical structures.


We describe a complete resection of a desmoid tumor requiring extensive resection of cervical extensor musculature. We were able to achieve a total resection of a cervical desmoid tumor with no evidence of recurrence at follow-up.


Complete resection of desmoid tumors is the standard of care. In this case, we felt that complete resection would lead to iatrogenic instability; therefore, an occiput to thoracic fusion was performed at the time of the resection.

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