Surgical Treatment for Metastatic Tumors of the Spine

Akira Kawai, Yoshiaki Harada, Masuo Senda, Shinsuke Sugihara, Hajime Inoue, Shinnosuke Nakahara

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We report herein the results of anterior or posterior neural decompression with spinal stabilization in 16 patients with spinal metastases. Intractable back pain was relieved in 14 patients (87.5%) and 4 had complete pain relief. Neurologic recovery was observed in 8 out of 13 patients (61.5%) who had some neurologic deficits before surgery. The activities of daily living improved in 7 of 9 (77.7%), and 5 out of 8 patients (62.5%) who had been unable to walk before surgery became ambulatory after surgery. The average operation time was 3 h 15 min with an average blood loss of 2150 ml. No patient died within 1 month after surgery and the median survival was 19.1 months. The results indicated that, if properly indicated, anterior or posterior neural decompression and spinal stabilization is a safe and effective treatment for patients with spinal metastases to improve the quality of life for the patients' remaining years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 1996


  • Metastasis
  • Neoplasm
  • Operation
  • Spine
  • Stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Kawai, A., Harada, Y., Senda, M., Sugihara, S., Inoue, H., & Nakahara, S. (1996). Surgical Treatment for Metastatic Tumors of the Spine. Acta medica Okayama, 50(1), 29-35.