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FECZKÓ József, BARÁTH István, SÁRVÁRY András

FEBRUARY 20, 2003

Clinical Neuroscience - 2003;56(01-02)

[Case report - Authors report a case of thyroid gland carcinoma. The tumor had metastases into the CV-VI-VII vertebras. Through an anterior approach, they removed the malignant tumor together with the bodies of the affected cervical vertebras and a two stage combined (anterior and posterior) cervical instrumentation was performed. The anterior fusion was carried out with iliac crest bone grafting and plate fixation. After four years the patient is alive and well, without symptoms of tumor recurrence or neurologic deficiency. The ventral fusion is stable. Conclusions - Authors present a case of a successful operation of thyroid gland malignant tumor having metastatases in the CV-VI-VII vertebras. Tumor resection, fusion and instrumentation is suggested to be carried out in one stage. The anterior and posterior instrumentation is essential. Radical removal of the tumor is mandatory even with complex instrumentation and oncotherapy procedures.]

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