Clinical Neuroscience

[Minimally invasive and O-arm assisted en bloc spinal tumor resections ]

SZABÓ Viktor1, LAKOSI Ferenc2, NAGY Máté1, DÓCZI Tamás1,3, BÜKI András1, SCHWARCZ Attila1

JANUARY 30, 2022

Clinical Neuroscience - 2022;75(01-02)


Case Reports

[The en bloc resection of spinal tumors is required in primary spine tumors and in selected cases of secondary spine tumors, where the primary disease is under control and long survival time is expected. Three cases are presented, applying O-arm assisted navigation or minimally invasive anterior approaches for en bloc tumor removal. O-arm navigation assisted osteotomies were carried out to remove a Th.V. breast tumor metastasis en bloc, intact bony part of the Th.V. vertebra was spared. Vertebral corpectomies of a patient with L.IV. chordoma and of a patient with L.V. carcinoid were also performed using minimally invasive, microscope assisted, anterior approaches to the lumbar spine. No morbidity or local recurrence were detected in the patient with breast cancer 1 year after the operation. Nevertheless, new spinal metastasis were revealed 1 year after surgery despite the appropriate oncological treatment. The patient with L.IV. chordoma is still tumor free (last follow-up: 18 month after surgery), but post operatively detected lower limb paresis and gait disturbances are persisted. The posterior healthy bony parts of the spinal column remained intact, since only anterior approaches were used for en bloc L.IV. corpectomy. No morbidity or recurrence was detected in patient with L.V. carcinoid tumor on 1 year follow-up. Both the O-arm navigation assisted surgery and the minimally invasive anterior approaches to the spine can help to reduce surgical morbidity and to spare healthy bony structures of the spine. The later could play important role to provide long term spine stability. The presented new surgical technologies can be accepted only, if they produce at least the same oncological results on longer follow-ups as conventional surgical approaches.]


  1. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Idegsebészeti Klinika, Pécs
  2. Somogy Megyei Kaposi Mór Oktató Kórház, Dr. Baka József Központ, Onkoradiológia, Pécs
  3. Pécsi Diagnosztikai Központ, Pécs



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