Bracing for Patients With Spinal Tumors

  • Kai-Uwe Lewandrowski
  • Robert F. McLain
  • Edward C. Benzel
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


The literature regarding the use of braces in patients with spinal tumors is sparse. In fact, most references on spinal bracing relate to (1) idiopathic adolescent scoliosis (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), (2) osteoporotic compression fractures (710), and (3) thoracolumbar spine fractures (11, 12, 13, 14). The role of bracing is much less well defined for the operative and non-operative treatment of spinal tumors. However, they are commonly used in the immediate postoperative period after tumor resection and surgical stabilization to protect both the patient and the integrity of the spinal construct. Although long-term bracing may be successfully used as the sole way of treating spinal instability resulting from tumor, the role of long-term bracing for patients with spinal tumors appears limited. In this setting, with or without the additional use of neoadjuvant chemo- and radiation therapy, biological capacity to achieve spinal fusion may be limited or absent. High pseudoarthrosis rates should, therefore, be expected. If life expectancy is limited to less than 6 mo, braces are frequently applied in one form or another for the purpose of palliation, particularly if surgical treatment is not contemplated or feasible, but spinal instability is of concern.


Cervical Spine Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Thoracic Spine Spinal Tumor Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai-Uwe Lewandrowski
    • 1
  • Robert F. McLain
    • 2
  • Edward C. Benzel
    • 1
  1. 1.The Cleveland Clinic Spine InstituteThe Cleveland Clinic FoundationCleveland
  2. 2.Lerner College of Medicine and The Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute, Departmentof Orthopaedic SurgeryThe Cleveland Clinic FoundationCleveland

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