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Chirurgia 2013 October;26(5):377-80

language: English

Transoral vertebroplasty in palliative surgical treatment of metastases involving the C2 vertebra

Romeo F. 1, Toscano S. 1, Conserva V. 1, Fumai V. 1, Proto P. 1, Alloro E. 2, D’agostino A. 1

1 Department of Neurosurgery “A. Perrino” Hospital, Brindisi, Italy;
2 Department of Neuroradiology “A. Perrino” Hospital, Brindisi, Italy


In cervical spine metastases the surgery may have an important role in multidisciplinary palliative treatment. Minimally invasive procedures are recommended in patients with a poor medical condition and with a poor prognosis. We present two cases of painful C2 metastases underwent to transoral vertebroplasty. The operative technique is described and discussed. Pain control, the restoration of cervical spine stability and the very soon mobilization were effective in improving the quality of life of these patients with minimally invasive surgical technique. A review of the literature confirmed that transoral vertebroplasty is a feasible surgical treatment associated to low rate of morbility.

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