Metastatic Disease of the Thoracolumbar Spine

  • L. Brett Babat
  • Robert F. McLain
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


Metastases are the neoplasms most commonly seen by both orthopaedic and neurosurgeons, and the spine is the site most frequently involved (9,20). At autopsy, more than 70% of patients who die of cancer have vertebral metastases (23). Although nearly all malignancies may metastasize to bone, carcinoma of breast and bronchogenic origin, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma account for half of all spinal metastases (4,11,12,20,35,38,51).


Vertebral Body Posterior Approach Anterior Approach Spinal Metastasis Anterior Column 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Brett Babat
    • 1
  • Robert F. McLain
    • 2
  1. 1.The Cleveland Clinic FoundationCleveland
  2. 2.Lerner College of Medicine and The Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute, Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryThe Cleveland Clinic FoundationCleveland

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