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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 285-287

Use of C2 vertebroplasty and stereotactic radiosurgery for treatment of lytic metastasis of the odontoid process

Department of Neurosurgery, University of North Carolina, NC 27599, USA

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Deb A Bhowmick
Department of Neurosurgery, University of North Carolina, 170 Manning Dr., Campus Box 7060 Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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DOI: 10.4103/jcvjs.JCVJS_63_17

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Improvements in cancer therapy have led to increased patient survival times in spite of metastatic spinal disease in many forms of cancer. Conventional treatment methods often employ radiotherapy with or without surgery depending on the neurological status, mechanical instability, and the extent of tumor. Percutaneous vertebroplasty as well as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) have arisen as common modalities of treatment of spinal metastasis in which neurological compromise or spinal instability and deformity is not of significant concern. These treatments, when used in combination, have been shown to provide early pain relief and effective tumor control while avoiding surgical resection, fixation, and lengthy recovery times. We present a case unique in the literature for the use of this combination treatment for tumors of the C2 vertebral body. While limited in application to patients without overt atlantoaxial instability or significant spinal canal compromise, we believe it provides a significant benefit in decreasing morbidity and improving early adherence to systemic therapy.

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