TITLE

Direct decompressive surgery plus radiotherapy improved the ability to walk in spinal cord compression caused by metastatic cancer

PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 144 Issue 2, p38
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents a study which reveals that direct decompressive surgery plus radiotherapy improved the ability to walk in spinal cord compression caused by metastatic cancer. In this study, 101 patients more then 18 years of age with a tissue-proven diagnosis of cancer, evidence of metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) on magnetic resonance imaging, 1 neurologic sign or symptom but not totally paraplegic for more then 48 hours, and expected survival for more then 3 months. MESCC was defined radiographically as a true displacement of the spinal cord from its normal position in the spinal canal.
ACCESSION #
20297596

 

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