Extradural Spinal Metastases — A Retrospective Study of 197 Patients

  • H. J. Klein
  • H. P. Richter
  • M. Schäfer
Part of the Advances in Neurosurgery book series (NEURO, volume 12)


Spinal metastases from malignant tumors with compression of the spinal cord or cauda equina are common clinical and neurosurgical problems. However, it is difficult to ascertain how often malignant tumors give rise to metastatic mass lesions within the spinal canal (1, 10). The clinical picture is characterized by a relatively short history of pain rapidly followed by progressive neurological signs. In these cases a decompressive laminectomy followed by radiotherapy is the most effective treatment (2, 5, 9).


Spinal Canal Spinal Cord Compression Spinal Metastasis Spinal Tumor Unknown Primary Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Klein
    • 1
  • H. P. Richter
    • 1
  • M. Schäfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung für NeurochirurgieUniversität UlmGünzburgGermany

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