Anterior Approaches to Non-Traumatic Lesions of the Thoracic Spine

  • A. Monteiro Trindade
  • J. Lobo Antunes
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 23)


The decision on which approach to choose when dealing with pathology involving the thoracic spine depends on a number of factors such as the topography of the lesion, its extension, its relationship with the neural structures, its probable nature, its texture and vascular supply, the degree of resection one wishes to accomplish, and the need to stabilize the spine. Furthermore, the age and clinical status of the patient, and the prognosis of the disease, as well as the experience of the surgeon, should also be taken in consideration. It is clear that the simpler and the less traumatic the procedure, the better it is tolerated by the patient, who, particularly in cases of infectious or neoplastic processes, is often quite sick.


Vertebral Body Thoracic Spine Anterior Approach Spinal Cord Compression Aneurysmal Bone Cyst 
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  • A. Monteiro Trindade
    • 1
  • J. Lobo Antunes
    • 1
  1. 1.Hospital Santa MariaLisbonPortugal

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