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J Clin Neurosci. 2009 May;16(5):698-700. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2008.06.016. Epub 2009 Mar 3.

Two-level en bloc spondylectomy for osteosarcoma at the cervicothoracic junction.

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Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0112, San Francisco, California 94143-0112, USA. choud@neurosurg.ucsf.edu

Abstract

En bloc resection of osteosarcoma is critical for a chance at curing the disease. In the spine, a spondylectomy should be performed to optimize the chances of survival. Involvement of two contiguous segments in the spinal column poses technical challenges, and performing a spondylectomy at the cervicothoracic junction adds another set of clinical concerns. We present a 22-year-old female with a two-level vertebral involvement at the cervicothoracic junction who underwent a two-level en bloc spondylectomy for osteosarcoma, and we describe our technique.

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10.1016/j.jocn.2008.06.016
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