The Management of Spinal Epidural Metastases

  • J. Brihaye
  • P. Ectors
  • M. Lemort
  • P. Van Houtte
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 16)


In 1959, in our first study on 24 cases of epidural metastases19, we noted that a feeling of deep pessimism was apparent in all previous publications with regard to the outcome of these patients. The same feeling is still perceptible in most recent studies. Since 1959, several papers from our departments21, 22, 57, 60, 76, 79, 85, 98, 104, 114, 128, 179 were dedicated to the problem of cancerous paraplegia, expressing in short our determination to find out the best management for these patients. We cannot adopt a defeatist attitude even if the final results still remain quite disappointing in many cases. In fact the main action for improving the results has always been and still is the promptness in making the diagnosis followed by the right therapeutic measure.


Spinal Cord Vertebral Body Anterior Approach Spinal Cord Compression Spinal Metastasis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Brihaye
    • 1
  • P. Ectors
    • 1
  • M. Lemort
    • 2
  • P. Van Houtte
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Neurosurgery, Institut BordetUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Departments of Radiology, Institut BordetUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  3. 3.Departments of Radiotherapy, Institut BordetUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

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