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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 212-215

Giant cell tumor of cervicothoracic region treated by triple corpectomy from posterior only approach: A case report with review of literature

Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Sector C, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070, India

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Dr. Rajat Mahajan
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-8237.167885

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Giant cell tumor (GCT) is a benign aggressive tumor, which affects axial as well as a peripheral skeleton. It affects epiphysis of long bones and can result in pathological fractures. GCT affects cervical spine rarely and has been known to affect almost all vertebra in the human body. It has a predilection for fixed spine, that is, sacrum though it can affect mobile spine as well. GCT of cervicothoracic region poses a challenge for the surgeon because of the difficulty in approaching this region anteriorly. This situation is further compounded when GCT involves multiple contiguous vertebral bodies in this region and has already spread beyond the confines of its capsule. We report a case of GCT involving three vertebral bodies C7, D1, and D2 at cervicothoracic region who presented to us and was treated with triple corpectomy from the posterior only approach. This is the first ever case report of triple corpectomy and anterior reconstruction by a posterior only approach for GCT at the cervicothoracic junction to the best of author's knowledge.

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