European Spine Journal

, Volume 20, Supplement 2, pp 202–205 | Cite as

Thoracoscopic assisted en bloc resection of a spine tumor

  • Michele CappuccioEmail author
  • Alessandro Gasbarrini
  • Rakesh Donthineni
  • Rudolf Beisse
  • Stefano Boriani
Case Report


Spine tumors are fairly common and the management is through a multimodality approach. Lesions of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae have been treated with such extensive anterior and/or posterior approaches. The authors present a case of a 56-year-old lady with solitary T11 metastases from colonic carcinoma and a case of a 43-year-old lady with T5–T6 high-grade osteogenic sarcoma. The treatment consists of a wide vertebrectomy by posterior approach, after anterior release and sub-pleural dissection using a thoracoscopic approach. A thoracoscopic assisted anterior approach could reduce the duration and the morbidity of a vertebrectomy without affecting oncological management.


En bloc resection Metastases Spine tumor Thoracoscopy Vertebrectomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Cappuccio
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alessandro Gasbarrini
    • 2
  • Rakesh Donthineni
    • 3
  • Rudolf Beisse
    • 4
  • Stefano Boriani
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology-Spine SurgeryOspedale Maggiore “C.A. Pizzardi”BolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Oncologic and Degenerative Spine SurgeryRizzoli InstituteBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Spine and Orthopedic Oncology, Alta Bates Summit Medical CenterOaklandUSA
  4. 4.Orthopädische Klinik München-HarlachingMünchenGermany

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