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Neurosurg Rev. 2012 Oct;35(4):463-74; discussion 475. doi: 10.1007/s10143-012-0388-z. Epub 2012 Apr 29.

Cervical spine metastases: techniques for anterior reconstruction and stabilization.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurosciences Center, University of Utah, 175 N. Medical Drive East, Salt Lake City, UT 84132, USA.


The surgical management of cervical spine metastases continues to evolve and improve. The authors provide an overview of the various techniques for anterior reconstruction and stabilization of the subaxial cervical spine after corpectomy for spinal metastases. Vertebral body reconstruction can be accomplished using a variety of materials such as bone autograft/allograft, polymethylmethacrylate, interbody spacers, and/or cages with or without supplemental anterior cervical plating. In some instances, posterior instrumentation is needed for additional stabilization.

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