Neurosurgery and Spine Procedures in Cancer Patients

  • John WiemersEmail author
  • Claudio E. Tatsui
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Patients with tumors in and around the spinal cord present many challenges to the physicians that care for them. Patient symptoms can range from sensory and motor dysfunction to extreme pain due to nerve impingement and pathological fractures. There is a multitude of factors that make the perioperative course for these patients complicated. Airway management, positioning, blood and fluid management, postoperative pain control, and thromboembolism are some potential problems these patients will encounter. This chapter will help identify and discuss the perioperative management of these patients.


Reconstructive spine Cancer spine Perioperative spine care Oncologic spinal tumors Spinal metastasis Intradural tumors Intramedullary tumors Extradural metastasis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MD Anderson Cancer CenterThe University of TexasHoustonUSA
  2. 2.MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Garry Brydges
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology Division of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain MedicineThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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