TITLE

Single-stage combined anterior retropharyngeal and posterior approach for the resection and reconstruction of C2 metastatic tumors: A case report

AUTHOR(S)
XIAN-FENG REN; YONG-MING XI; GUO-QING ZHANG; WEN-JIU YANG; XU ZHANG; DE-LING YANG; YOU-GU HU
PUB. DATE
April 2014
SOURCE
Experimental & Therapeutic Medicine;2014, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p887
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Case Study
ABSTRACT
This study reports the case of a 44-year-old male who had experienced severe neck pain for one month and was diagnosed with a metastatic tumor of the left C2 vertebral body and the left transverse process. The tumor was distributed to layers A-D and sectors 3-7 according to the Weinstein-Boriani-Biagini classification, and was in Category IV according to the Harrington classification system. A convent ional posterior cervical approach was used to resect the left transverse process and part of the tumor in a piecemeal fashion, and spinal instrumentation was also performed. Gelfoam and absorbable hemostatic gauze were placed ventrally to the left vertebral artery and the left C3 nerve root over the tumor bed to prevent their accidental injury in the subsequent anterior approach. A high anterior retropharyngeal approach was then used to resect the tumorous C2 vertebral body by corpectomy and to perform anterior reconstruction. Six months after the surgery, the patient remained pain free. Therefore, C2 metastatic tumor resection and spinal reconstruction can be fulfilled by a single-stage combined high anterior retropharyngeal and posterior approach.
ACCESSION #
94754537

 

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