Neurosurgical Review

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 95–97 | Cite as

Indication for surgery of spinal metastases within the cervical region

  • Mustafa Kashab
  • Dieter-Karsten Böker
Case reports


A 40-year-old female patient developed a nearly complete tetraparesis within two weeks. Neurological examination showed nearly complete tetraparesis, complete sensory impairment from the level of C4 and hyperreflexia of tendon jerks. Radiological examination showed a space occupying lesion with an extraspinal extension. Operative decompression was carried out and the patient recovered completely within 3 months.


Indication for surgery tetraparesis thyroid carcinoma metastases 


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© Walter de Gruyter & Co 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mustafa Kashab
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dieter-Karsten Böker
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurosurgical University ClinicBonnWest Germany
  2. 2.Neurosurgical ClinicUniversity of BonnBonn-VenusbergWest Germany

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