Part II: spinal-cord neoplasms--primary tumours of the bony spine and adjacent soft tissues.
Primary tumours of the bony spine and adjacent soft tissues most frequently present with pain although neurological deficits and spinal deformity can be present too. Knowledge of the spectrum of lesions that can affect the bony spine and the surrounding soft tissues is crucial in directing appropriate investigation and treatment. Patients need individualised approaches and treatment plans in view of the variations in tumour aggressiveness, spinal level, location within the vertebral body or posterior elements, involvement of soft tissues and structures surrounding the vertebral column, neurological deficits, and spinal instability.
Sansur, CA; Pouratian, N; Dumont, AS; Schiff, D; Shaffrey, CI; Shaffrey, ME
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