Current Concepts in the Management of Metastatic Disease of the Cervical Spine

Abstract

Metastatic disease of the spine is a relatively common cause of spinal pathology. Approximately 1.6 million new diagnoses of cancer were made in 2012, and 70% of the patients with these diagnoses will develop spinal metastases, with up to 20% of these occurring in the cervical spine. The past 10 years have seen substantial progress in the classification and management of metastatic lesions of the cervical spine. This article reviews the current treatment options for metastatic disease of the cervical spine and demonstrates how the use of classification systems and an algorithmic approach to such disease can optimize its treatment.

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