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Overall survival in this patient cat- lowed by e anterior revision and restabilization after a previous embolization of the tumor and occlusion of one of the vertebral ar- egory is around 12 months [12 order medrol 16 mg on line, 15, 33, 48, 51, 54, 56]. The patient died 2years after this surgery from metastatic The indications for treatment are given not merely by complications other than the cervical spine the neurocompression but also alsol by the major determi- nants of quality of life: (a) pain, be it radicular, medullar, or of dural origin caused by direct or chronic compression there are several treatment options recommended. In the through instability and/or progressive deformity of the case of neurological deficit dexamethasone is the only vertebral column, or be merely by intravertebral pressure treatment, which has proven evidence of therapeutic effi- elevation due to tumor invasion, (b) loss of mobility, and cacy [29, 35, 40, 52]. This decision-making process is diffi- 125 cult since a surgical option is often declined because of the perience with the introduction of instrumentation shows possible comorbities, which, however, have never been that the realignment of a multiply involved collapsing evaluated in an appropriate controlled study. This ob- combined with decompression and stabilization, and, if viously raises the question of whether the surgery can be so, whether the surgery comes first followed by the irradi- simplified and minimized in elderly patients to prevent as ation or in the opposite sequence. From the surgical stand much as possible the adverse effects of surgery [37, 38]. Surgery into in combination with decompression, both modalities en- irradiated tissue has a significantly higher infection rate hanced by the administration of high-dose steroids [14, (30%) and is more difficult to perform than done before 18, 58]. The general opinion has long been influenced – the irradiation [12, 15, 21, 34]. The combination of radiotherapy and laminec- Indications for surgery are: tomy did not change the outcome significantly compared to radiation therapy alone. A major argument today, how- – Pain due to mechanical compression of the different pain- ever, is that decompression alone in form of a laminec- producing structures or clear instability tomy without a concomitant stabilization is in most cases – Symptomatic mechanical compression of neurostruc- insufficient to affect the pain relevantly; in fact decom- tures (neurological deficit) pression alone may even increase the instability and fur- – Rapidly progressing neurological deficit due to me- ther contribute to pain syndrome and neurological deficit. The role of the decompression through after radiotherapy (should be avoided by a careful eval- laminectomy in spinal metastases has become increas- uation of the tumor potential before irradiation is de- ingly debatable with the enhanced experimental biome- cided) chanical knowledge as well as in vivo studies in monkeys, Surgery generally is said to be indicated when the patient where the spinal cord hemodynamics could never be re- is still in a general condition which safely allows surgery, stored after laminectomy alone demonstrating the insuffi- and if life expectancy is at least 6 months. The clinical ex- creasingly depends on the kind of surgical procedures and approaches which need to be chosen.

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