Journal article

Multidisciplinary Treatment and Survival of Patients with Vertebral Metastases from Thyroid Carcinoma

Gerald MY Quan, Vincent Pointillart, Jean Palussiere, Francoise Bonichon

THYROID | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Distant metastases from differentiated thyroid carcinoma occur in up to 20% of cases and represent the most frequent cause of thyroid cancer-related death. Metastatic disease to the spine has the potential to cause severe morbidity, including pain, neurological deficit, and paraplegia. SUMMARY: We present a case series of eight consecutive patients with symptomatic spinal metastases due to thyroid carcinoma treated by our multidisciplinary team consisting of spinal surgeons, oncologists, and radiologists, with management of each case determined by our surgical algorithm. Four patients underwent surgical decompression and stabilization for spinal metastases causing instability, sp..

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