Spinal Cord and Nerve Root Decompression

  • Keith R. Lodhia
  • Paul Park
  • Gregory P. Graziano
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


Tumors of the vertebral column include both primary and metastatic lesions. These tumors can cause significant morbidity consisting of lesional pain and pain from deformity. Compression of the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots can also cause radicular pain as well as neurologial deterioration including sensory deficits, weakness, paralysis, and/or sexual/bowel/ bladder dysfunction. In cases of metastatic lesions, the spine is the most common region of osseous involvement (1). Metastatic vertebral spine lesions can result in pathological fractures or have significant epidural tumor involvement, both of which can lead to neurological deterioration (2). Mortality and morbidity can be significant in malignant tumors and overall treatment is best addressed by a multidisciplinary approach.


Cervical Spine Anterior Approach Thoracolumbar Spine Spinal Cord Tumor Craniocervical Junction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith R. Lodhia
    • 1
  • Paul Park
    • 1
  • Gregory P. Graziano
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of Michigan School of MedicineAnn Arbor
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Michigan School of MedicineAnn Arbor

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