Primary Tumors of the Spine

  • Rex C. Haydon
  • Frank M. Phillips
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


Primary neoplasms of the spine encompass a broad spectrum of tumors, ranging in their tissue of origin, local behavior, and potential for metastasis. The diagnosis and treatment of these disorders is accordingly varied. As a category, non-myeloproliferative primary tumors of the spine are rare, accounting for approx 5% of all bone tumors, when one excludes hemangiomas (1,2). In frequency, therefore, they are much less common than metastatic and/or myeloproliferative neoplasms involving the spine, as well as non-neoplastic processes such as infection, metabolic disorders, and other pathologies. The diagnosis of primary tumors of the spine, therefore, must occur with careful consideration of other more common entities. In this chapter, we discuss the common benign and malignant tumors that afflict the spinal column, and describe the appropriate algorithm for evaluating and treating these conditions.


Fibrous Dysplasia Giant Cell Tumor Osteoid Osteoma Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Primary Bone Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rex C. Haydon
    • 1
  • Frank M. Phillips
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Chicago HospitalsChicago
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryRush University Medical CenterChicago

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