Posterior Subaxial Cervical Approach and Stabilization

  • Daniel L. Shepherd
  • Michelle J. Clarke


Tumors of subaxial cervical spine, though rare, can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life. Surgical management is complex, and decision-making depends on clinical presentation, histology, stage, and grade of the tumor. A posterior cervical approach is commonly used for lesions involving the posterior elements, causing significant spinal canal compromise, or in combination with an approach for tumors of the anterior column. Optimizing outcomes in spinal tumor patients focuses on preservation of function and prevention of complications that can delay life-prolonging adjuvant treatments.


Posterior cervical fixation Posterior cervical stabilization Subaxial spine Lateral mass screws Cervical tumor Cervical screws 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mayo Clinic, Department of NeurosurgeryRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Mayo Clinic, Department of Neurologic SurgeryRochesterUSA

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